Today in Labor History – July 30th

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Automobile tycoon Henry Ford was born on this date in Dearborn, Michigan. His introduction of the assembly line and other mass production techniques revolutionized profit-making not only by dramatically increasing worker productivity, and therefore reducing labor costs, but also by deskilling the workforce and weakening the power of the workers – 1863

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Act, providing federally-funded health insurance for senior citizens – 1964

Former Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa disappears. Presumed to be dead, his body has never been found – 1975

United Airlines agrees to offer domestic-partner benefits to employees and retirees worldwide – 1999

 

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