I would like to shine the spotlight on a particular group of hardworking individuals who often go unnoticed on Labor Day -- the construction industry's merit shop professionals.
United in their philosophy to uphold fair and open competition, merit shop professionals seek to deliver the best product or service at the best price, a credo that all communities can benefit from during economic recovery. They are highly skilled and trained, and include commercial construction contractors, electricians, carpenters and painters.
The evidence of their hard work is all around us. They build and expand business infrastructure such as Sacramento International Airport; revitalize our retail areas such as Arden Fair mall; restore our historic sites such as the State Railroad Museum; and so much more.
So on this holiday, let's thank all of the construction professionals, regardless of labor affiliation, whose hard work literally shapes our community and enriches our lives.
-- James Fitzgerald, Sacramento