Target To Provide Time-And-A-Half Pay For Those Working Juneteenth

Target is making strides in its diversity efforts by recognizing one of the most important dates in American history.

NBC affiliate, KARE 11, reports:

“Target has announced that Juneteenth will now be an official company holiday.

The June 19 holiday commemorates the ending of slavery in the U.S. Target announced that while stores will remain open, hourly team members who work that day will receive time and a half. Eligible Target employees have the option to take the day off with full pay, and the corporate headquarters will be closed in observance.

‘We recognize that the racial trauma the country is experiencing now is not new, but throughout recent weeks there has been a sense that this time is, and has to be, different,’ CEO Brian Cornell said in a statement.

Juneteenth takes its date from June 19, 1865, when a Union general read orders to free slaves in Galveston, Texas.

Target emphasized in its new release that recognizing the holiday is just ‘one step.’ The company has committed $10 million to support social justice and rebuilding efforts in local communities. And it pledged to ‘continue to listen and learn from our team members, our guests and our community partners.'”

For the rest of the story, visit KARE 11 here.

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