The DC City Council on Tuesday declared April 5th "Jos Williams Day" in honor of the recently-retired president of the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO. Councilman Jack Evans, who presented the proclamation, noted that when he circulated the motion "it came back immediately with everyone's signature" and the Council unanimously thanked the longtime labor leader "for his numerous contributions to the District of Columbia and her citizens." A clearly moved Williams expressed his appreciation for the honor and spoke about his "love for the best city in the world in which to live, work and play." He thanked the members and leaders of the local labor movement, “along with our community and religious allies” for their hard work on behalf of the District’s residents, and pledged to continue to “work for this city” adding that he’s looking forward to the day when we’re proud to call this the 51st state,” drawing loud applause and cheers. - report/photos by Chris Garlock
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