MILWAUKEE — City employees would have the option of taking off on March 31st annually as a holiday observing the birthday of American labor and civil rights champion Cesar Chavez under proposed legislation to by the Common Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee.

Milwaukee’s proposed ordinance is authored by Alderman Tony Zielinski and co-sponsored by Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Bob Donovan, Alderman Nik Kovac and Alderman Robert W. Puente.

Alderman Zielinski said he believes the Chavez birthday holiday measure is an excellent way to honor the legacy “of a man who is a true hero to all working Americans.”