Today in Labor History – August 14th

Lane Kirkland

Lane Kirkland

President Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act, providing, for the first time ever, guaranteed income forretirees

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 and creating a system of unemployment benefits – 1935

Former AFL-CIO president Lane Kirkland dies at age 77 – 1999

Lane Kirkland: Champion of American Labor

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