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Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1894, George Meany, founding president of the AFL-CIO, was born in the Bronx. Meany began his career in the labor movement as a plumber, rising to lead the New York State Federation of Labor, where he built a powerful political organization, passing one of the nation's first unemployment insurance laws and forging support for the reelection of President Franklin Roosevelt in 1936.
Meany served as secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Labor from 1940 to 1952, succeeded as president of the AFL, and then continued as the first president of the AFL-CIO following the historic merger in 1955 until retiring in 1979. Meany modernized and expanded the national AFL-CIO, making the organization an influential voice in the nation's political and legislative arena. Meany, a staunch supporter of civil and equal rights his entire career, put the federation's muscle behind the civil rights movement, insisting that the historic 1964 Civil Rights Act call for an end to both workplace and community discrimination.
Today’s labor quote is by George Meany
"One cannot have a trade union or a democratic election without freedom of speech, freedom of association and assembly. Without a democratic election, whereby people choose and remove their rulers, there is no method of securing human rights against the state. No democracy without human rights, no human rights without democracy, and no trade union rights without either."