Sioux City Won't Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day As Holiday

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By Richard Pratt

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The City Council has rejected a proposal to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day as an official holiday in Sioux City.

The council voted 5-0 against the proposal Monday night. The proposal would have added Martin Luther King Jr. Day to the list of holidays for three union and three employee groups that don't already have the holiday listed as a day off.

Mayor Bob Scott says he thought it would be unfair to provide the day off to those employee groups because other union groups already bargained for the holiday off by trading it for another day off.

He says another holiday would have cost the city $165,000 a year for paid overtime on top of a lost day of work.

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