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"Working for America's Workers for 100 Years: Then. Now. Next."

WHEREAS, On behalf of the City of Lansing, it is a privilege to recognize the centennial anniversary of the
United States Department of Labor (DOL), which has been dedicated to fostering, promoting, and developing the
welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of this country for the past 100 years; and

WHEREAS, The United States DOL, a cabinet department of the federal government, is responsible for occupational safety, wage and hour standards, unemployment insurance benefits, re-employment services, and several economic statistics, it is headed by the United States Secretary of Labor, and

WHEREAS, Since 1913, the United States DOL has sought to make the American workplace safer, healthier, and more equitable for everyone by striving to improve working conditions and advance opportunities for profitable employment. Working families of Lansing, across the country, and across the world have all benefitted from the department's efforts to assure work-related benefits and rights, including the right to be paid fairly for every hour labored; and

WHEREAS, Over the years, the United States DOL has evolved to meet the 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. Moreover, the department's influence has reached outside the confines of the workplace, touching people's lives at all stages by enabling parents to take leave and tend too loved ones, training veterans and young people for the careers of a lifetime, and guaranteeing the pensions of retired workers.

NOW, THEREFORE, I Virg Bernero, Mayor of the City of Lansing, by the power vested in me do hereby proclaim March 4, 2013 as:

"United States Department of Labor Day"

in Lansing, I urge the residents of Lansing to join me in congratulating the United States Department of Labor for its 100 years of success. May the department know of our appreciation for the invaluable services that they have provided our community with and will continue to do so through meeting the needs of Lansing's future workers with the same insight, foresight, and passion that it has shown for the past century.

Given under my hand and seal this nineteeth say of December in the Year of Our Load two thousand and twelve.

Virg Benero
Mayor of Lansing