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Labor Day holiday a break before busy week

Flag of the United States of AmericaThe university will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, was established as a day to honor American workers, particularly those in labor unions. President Grover Cleveland initiated a bill in 1894 to make Labor Day a national public holiday.

Today the holiday signals the end of summer, despite Texas temperatures, - the beginning of political campaigns and a brief break from the flurry of back-to-school activities.  

The 2011 holiday is at the start of a busy week on campus, including events noting the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, a lecture by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the opening of UNT's Apogee Stadium and the game versus the University of Houston, and an appearance by alumnus and pop music icon Pat Boone.

Texas law establishes the overall number of state-funded holidays each year, and it allows higher education institutions flexibility to apply the allowed number of closure days to their operating calendars. UNT will have 13 holidays in 2011-12.

In developing the university’s holiday schedule, UNT gives ultimate consideration to its academic mission and calendar, and it involves several university groups. Human Resources in July surveyed employees to determine holiday preferences. Holidays are approved by the UNT System Board of Regents.

The university’s 13-day holiday schedule for 2011-12: 

  • Labor Day - Sept. 5, 2011
  • Thanksgiving – Nov. 24-25, 2011
  • Winter Holiday – Dec. 26-30, 2011
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Jan. 16, 2012
  • Spring Break – March 19, 2012
  • Memorial Day – May 28, 2012
  • Independence Day – July 4, 2012
  • Floating hoiday - selected by employee

Employees who wish to do so may observe other optional state holidays by substituting vacation or compensatory leave, or by working on one or more of the 12 university holidays above with advance supervisory approval. These include:

  • Rosh Hashanah
  • Yom Kippur
  • Good Friday
  • Cesar Chavez Day
  • Other traditionally recognized religious or cultural holidays

Posted on: Fri 26 August 2011

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