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Laboring on Labor Day; Many on the First Coast work on the holiday

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- While many people on the First Coast enjoyed Labor Day at the beach or with family, others worked the holiday.

"Programs, scorecards!" Wayne Willey screamed near the top of his lungs at Bragan Field in downtown Jacksonville.

"It's an exciting job," he said with a wide smile. "I enjoy it very very much!"

It is a job selling souvenir baseball programs. 

For the last five years, it has been a labor of love for 63-year-old family man, Wayne Willey.

"(I'm) Happy to be here," he said. "So, I have no problem working on Labor Day."

The United States Department of Labor's website says the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. It's dedicated to the social and economic achievements of american workers.

Workers like Charles Smith.

"What I do, is I cook the hot dogs." Smith said as he stood in front of a large concession stand grill filled with hot dogs. "Bubba burgers. Sausage dogs."

He is not alone. Time Magazine's Buisness and Money section website said Bloomberg BNA data shows that 39 percent of employers will keep operations open and require some workers to be there on Labor Day.

"It's a privilege though." Smith said as he turned a few of the hot dogs. "It's really a privilege to work on Labor Day."

Outside, walking through the stands, a vendor who was also working Monday, shouted "Peanuts! Snowcones!"

The vendor continued walking through the stands while folks who aren't at work decided what to buy as they watched the Jacksonville Suns play. First Coast News wondered what they thought about the Labor Day workforce

"Some people's jobs have to be done, no matter what day it is," said Charles Hunt, 30, of Jacksonville. He was off the clock.

First Coast News

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