Labor Day 2012 is a good time to celebrate Colorado’s workforce |

Labor Day 2012 is a good time to celebrate Colorado’s workforce

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Ellen Golombek
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Ellen Golombek

As we gather with friends and family to recognize today’s Labor Day holiday, it should serve as a time to reflect upon and celebrate the continuing and countless contributions, efforts and patriotic acts of our multi-talented and diverse workforce, and to remind ourselves that this most basic natural advantage is still alive and well here in Colorado and throughout the country.

To say that our workforce is multi-faceted and diverse is an understatement. We work in the private sector, the public sector and the not-for-profit sector. We are male and female, young and old, of various ethnic and racial backgrounds, and of differing education and skill levels.

But we also have much in common. We are each unique, and we each contribute to our economic and social well-being every day. We each believe that, by trying to bring our “A game” with us to work every day, we are maintaining and improving upon an American tradition of excellence and productivity.

And we believe that it is through the collection of our individual efforts that our economy can once again achieve long-term growth, productivity and sustainability, even as the global marketplace grows ever more competitive.

We volunteer our time to our communities and to one another individually. We defend our nation and all that it stands for, and we remain confident in our collective abilities to succeed.

Colorado’s labor force in particular can be proud of its sustained commitment to excellence, even in the face of the economic headwinds of the recent recession. Approximately 2.5 million Coloradans employed in a broad array of occupations and industries have demonstrated impressive flexibility and adaptability as they explore new ways to increase production and assist their employers in weathering challenging times.

At the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, our mission is to protect and promote the integrity and vitality of Colorado’s employment environment. We accomplish this, in large part, through our strategic relationships and innovative partnerships.

At CDLE and throughout the state, there are countless examples of collaborative efforts between diverse interests that come together for the common good. We should focus the lion’s share of our attention and effort toward encouraging and expanding the numerous everyday collaborative efforts between individual workers and employers, labor unions and business-trade associations, and Coloradans in general.

Colorado’s workforce is working hard, working smart, and, most importantly, working together. We have always been particularly good at resourcefulness and teamwork, so take time on this holiday to applaud our collective hard work. On this Labor Day, let’s recognize what we have achieved and let us acknowledge that important work still lies ahead.

Happy Labor Day.

Ellen Golombek is the executive director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

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