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Jun 17

USPS Issues Statement on Juneteenth National Independence Day

The NPMHU is in discussions with the USPS regarding observance and recognition of this important day.  We remain committed to ensuring appropriate recognition of Juneteenth National Independence Day. Please watch union publications for additional details.


SUBJECT: Juneteenth National Independence Day (pdf)

USPS June 17, 2021- President Biden signed into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act on June 17,
2021, making June 19 a federal holiday. This new holiday commemorates the final end to slavery
in the United States and the Postal Service is fully supportive of annually observing and setting
aside a day to recognize this historic event.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to cease the operations of the Postal Service to accommodate an
observance over the next 24-48 hours. We are part of the nation’s critical infrastructure and our
customers are relying on us to deliver our essential services. Closing down our operations
without providing appropriate time would lead to operational disruptions and be a disservice to
our customers and those who rely upon us. For that reason, the Postal Service will be operating
on June 18 and 19, 2021, on a normal schedule, serving our customers to the best of our ability.
Please immediately communicate our operating status to your employees.

The Postal Service will discuss future recognition of this significant new holiday with our national
Unions, Management Associations, and other stakeholders, consistent with our collective
bargaining and consultative obligations under Title 39. Once those discussions take place, we
will update you on appropriate developments, but we reiterate that we are fully supportive of this
important national holiday.

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