Wilmington government offices are open for business this Columbus Day under a recent change that eliminates two paid holidays for some city employees.
Mayor James Baker says under an amendment to the city code approved by City Council last Thursday, Columbus Day and Lincoln’s birthday are no longer paid holidays. The two holidays will be replaced by floating days employees may use with prior approval over a calendar year. AFSCME Local 1102, which represents Wilmington’s white-collar employees, agreed to the new holiday schedule. The change does not apply to AFSCME Local 320, which represents sanitation workers, and the unions representing police officers and firefighters. While Wilmington offices are open today, recyclables are not being collected. Recyclable materials will be picked up east of I-95 on Tuesday and west of I-95 on Wednesday.