WHEREAS, For the past 100 years, the United States Department of Labor has fostered, promoted, and developed the welfare of wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of this country; and
WHEREAS, The United States Department of Labor has continually sought to make the American workplace safer, healthier and fairer for everyone; and
WHEREAS, Working families in Jacksonville, across the country, and across the world have benefitted from the United States Department of Labor's efforts to ensure work-related benefits and rights, including the right to be paid fairly for every hour labored; and
WHEREAS, The United States Department of Labor has evolved to meet the changing needs of a changing workforce by partnering with employers, community organizations and institutions of higher learning to improve job training, provide lifelong learning opportunities and advance efforts for profitable employment; and
WHEREAS, The impact of the United States Department of Labor has reached outside the confines of the workplace, touching people's lives at all stages, by allowing parents to take leave and tend to loved ones; training veterans and young people for the careers of a lifetime; and guaranteeing the pensions of retired workers; and
WHEREAS, The inestimable value of the services provided by the United States Department of Labor will remain of paramount importance to the well-being of all Americans in that it will address tomorrow's conditions, and meet the needs of future workers with the same insight, foresight and passion it has shown for the past century.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ALVIN BROWN, by virtue of the authority vested in me as mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, do hereby proclaim March 4, 2013 as
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR DAY
in Jacksonville and encourage all citizens to recognize the important contributions of this federal department as it celebrates its centennial.
In Witness Therefore, this 8 day of February in the year Two Thousand 13
CITY OF JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA