Today in Labor History – August 14th

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The most successful anti-poverty program in U.S. history was created when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed theSocial Security Act into law – 1935

Members of the upstart Polish union Solidarity seize the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk. Sixteen days later the government officially recognizes the union. Many consider the event the beginning of the end for the Iron Curtain – 1980

Former AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland died. Kirkland was a staunch anti-Communist and strong supporter of the Solidarity movement in Poland – 1999

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