Jamie Dimon: Chase Branches to Close Early at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 19 in Honor of Juneteenth

Today Jamie Dimon of JPMorganChase  in honor of Juneteenth in a message to employees, announced they are closing branches early on Friday, June 19th. “We will pay those hourly U.S. employees who are scheduled to work on Friday afternoon for a full day.  For those hourly employees in core functions who must come in, we will pay them for an additional four hours in addition to their regular pay. “

Out of deep respect for the suffering that the Black community has endured over hundreds of years and in recognition of the high esteem in which we hold our Black community at JPMorgan Chase, we are closing all Chase branches at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 19 — known as Juneteenth.

Juneteenth celebrates African American emancipation and freedom. Closing the branches enables many of our colleagues to join in the celebration and reflect on not only America’s achievements, but also its enduring effort to acknowledge its flaws and become a better nation.

2020 has become a very unique moment in our history. While we must continue many core operations during this period, this early closure allows our branch employees — many of whom have been working on the front lines to support our customers and communities throughout the COVID-19 crisis — time to reflect, learn and participate in peaceful events in their communities. Outside of the Chase branches, we will provide opportunities for U.S. employees, if their role permits, to end their workday at 1 p.m. if they want time for reflection and self-development through some of the helpful resources below or to participate in these local events and peaceful gatherings.

On behalf of all of my partners on the Operating Committee, I want to reiterate that JPMorgan Chase is dedicated to the principle that all people deserve fair and equal treatment and respect, both morally and under the law. We want all people, including the LGBT+ community, people with disabilities, veterans, the Hispanic, Muslim and Asian communities and anyone else disrespected by discriminatory policies and behavior — whether blatant or veiled, deliberate or unconscious — to have a chance to flourish in this great country.

Now is the time for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of equality, recognizing that all people are created equal, that no one anywhere should be denied their unalienable rights, and that everyone should be afforded the full protection of equal and fair justice under the law.