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Why A&M-Commerce Is Working On Labor Day

Aug 31, 2018

It’s almost Labor Day and that means a three-day weekend for most working people – but not for everyone. Not even for everyone at Texas A&M University-Commerce. 

If you’re a student at A&M-Commerce this semester, you will have the day off, but if you’re staff, you won't.

That’s because for this academic year, the Texas State Legislature has decreed that state universities get 13 holidays. Last year, there were 14. Any given year, the number will be between 12 and 15.

What that means for A&M schools is that one of those days administrators and staff got last year has to be sacrificed this year. The university this year decided that sacrifice would come on Labor Day.

“Most people aren’t going to want to come back the day after Thanksgiving,” says John Humphreys, provost and vice president for academic affairs at A&M-Commerce. “And there’s not enough days to account for a Labor Day.”

Not all schools in the A&M system will be working Monday. A&M-Corpus Christi, for example, will be closed. But those decisions are made by each campus’ individual presidents.

And if you’re wondering, yes, with students off Monday, teachers are not technically on-duty. But Humphreys says Monday would be a good day for teachers to catch up on their work outside the classroom.