In today’s labor joke, an understanding boss, his thoughtful HR manager and a hard-working shop steward were in a sailboat in a storm. The boat sprang a leak and when they went to fix it they discovered that there was no patch. Who saved the day? It was the hard-working shop steward, of course; the others are fictional characters.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, providing, for the first time ever, guaranteed income for retirees and creating a system of unemployment benefits.
In 1980, members of the upstart Polish union Solidarity seized the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk. Sixteen days later the government officially recognized the union. Many consider the event the beginning of the end for the Iron Curtain.
And in 1999, former AFL-CIO president Lane Kirkland died at age 77.
Today’s labor quote is by Lane Kirkland:
“Don't believe that winning is really everything. It's more important to stand for something. If you don't stand for something, what do you win?”