Today's Labor History
Click here to check out this week'sLabor History Today podcast. On this week's show: labor historian Joe McCartin connects the Hatch Act, which passed in 1939, and which restricts federal workers’ political activities, with president Trump’s recent Executive Orders attacking the unions protecting federal worker rights on the job; Saul Schniderman remembers Florence Reese, who wrote the labor anthem “Which Side Are You On?”; labor and community organizer Stephen Lerner – who got his start organizing with the United Farm Workers, talks about the enduring legacy of the historic farm worker grape boycott. Ben Blake’s labor history Object of the Week is a collection of AFL-CIO president John Sweeney’s union baseball caps. Plus, we’ve got a few unusual versions of the classic “Which Side Are You On?”
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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