Today in Labor History: August 14
President Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act, providing, for the first time ever, guaranteed income for retirees and creating a system of unemployment benefits – 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 dies at age 77 – 1999
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UCS Labor News Service: Philadelphia Rally for “2nd Bill of Rights”
As many as 30,000 unionists and others were expected to rally in Philadelphia August 11 to launch a campaign organizers hope will begin to “change the conversation” in America, to focus on the needs of working Americans. Click here for more information on how to subscribe to the UCS Labor News Service.
Labor Cartoon: No Pension, No Problem
From the UCS Labor Graphics Service: eight to ten top-quality, union-oriented art and graphics tools every week (like this Martin Bucella cartoon at left), delivered via email.