Click on the link here for Audio Player: JFK Address to AFL-CIO Convention – Dec. 7, 1961
President Kennedy addressed the annual convention of the AFL-CIO in Miami Florida on December 7, 1961. The subject was employment, the current state of the economy, trade and the imbalance. The threat of job losses due to the trade imbalance, and education.
And a phrase that needs to be repeated on an almost daily basis:
President Kennedy: “Thomas Jefferson once said ‘If you expect a country to be ignorant and free, you expect something that never was and never will be’.”
Something we seem to have lost sight of in recent years.
Here is that complete address.
FDR – Labor Day in a precarious time.
Click on the link here for audio player: FDR – Labor Day Address – 1941
A casual reminder on this Labor Day of what the state of Labor was in wartime. Although we weren’t in it yet, our active role in World War 2 was a little over 90 days away and we were living in precarious times.
Here is President Roosevelt’s Address to the Nation on Labor Day, 1941.
I’ll be cross-posting a lot this weekend from my sister site Newstalgia. Starting with a look at the Labor Movement in America and Samuel Gompers, founder of the AF of L in an address from 1916 on Labor and The War Effort. Check it out and read more about about it.
Newstalgia Reference Room – Samuel Gompers – The AFof L in 1916 | Newstalgia.