Walker OK with honoring labor leader Cesar Chavez

Posted Thursday, February 13, 2014 --- 10:09 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he has no problems creating a voluntary state holiday honoring labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez.

However, the Democratic-sponsored bill to do that appears to be going nowhere in the Republican-controlled state Legislature. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Jocasta Zamarripa, tells the Wisconsin State Journal in a story published Thursday that Walker told her during a meeting last month that he supported her bill.

The proposal would require state agencies to designate March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day and give state employees the option of taking a paid day off in lieu of another paid holiday. California, Colorado and Texas have passed a similar law.

Chavez founded the United Farm Workers in 1962 and used nonviolent forms of protest to advocate for worker rights.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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