Hall of Honor Inductee: Lane Kirkland

Hall of Honor Inductee

Lane Kirkland

Lane Kirkland (1922 —– 1999)

"The skills and productivity of American workers, not to mention the taxes they pay, are the greatest economic resource our country has."

For half a century Joseph Lane Kirkland was a master builder of the American labor movement. Beginning as a researcher for the American Federation of Labor in 1948, he rose through the leadership ranks to be elected secretary-treasurer in 1969 and president of the AFL-CIO from 1979 to 1995. Kirkland strengthened the American labor movement by reintegrating the Teamsters, Auto Workers and Mine Workers unions back into the AFL-CIO. A passionate opponent of totalitarian regimes around the world, he supported the Polish Solidarnosc (Solidarity) movement that led to the fall of the Communist bloc.


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