CWA members at app developer Glitch successfully negotiated with the company to give all employees June 19 – Juneteenth – off as a paid holiday, exchanging it for Presidents Day. The holiday commemorates the freeing of more than 250,000 enslaved African Americans by Union troops in 1865.
"Juneteenth has for too long failed to be given the recognition it deserves by non-Black Americans," said Glitch bargaining committee member Sheridan Kates. "We're grateful to now have this day officially marked as a holiday at Glitch, to not only celebrate it, but to also give us time to reflect on the ongoing impact of white supremacy – such as the violence we're seeing every day in America, with police being 2.5 times more likely to kill a Black person than a white person. It's a small step in our fight towards true racial justice in America."