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Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Social Security Act of 1965, establishing Medicare and Medicaid.
In 1975, former Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. Declared legally dead in 1982, his body has never been found.
And in 1999, United Airlines agreed to offer domestic-partner benefits to employees and retirees worldwide.
Today’s labor quote is by Jimmy Hoffa:
“I've said consistently that no employer ever really accepts a union. They tolerate the unions. The very minute they can get a pool of unemployment they'll challenge the unions and try to get back what they call managements prerogatives, meaning hire, fire, pay what you want.”