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Lyndon B. Johnson
Epic Lyndon Johnson at the Height of His Great Society: He Congratulates Union Titan John L. Lewis on the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act
1968. 11/9/68. Lyndon B. Johnson ""A grateful President salutes you.”John L. Lewis was President of the United Mine Workers union from 1920-1960. Coal miners for 40 years hailed him as the man whose efforts brought higher wages, pensions and medical benefits. He was named by FDR a member of the Labor Advisory Board and the National Labor Board of the NRA, and was also the driving force behind the founding of the CIO, a federation of unions that organized industrial workers. In 1952, Lewis commenced the long struggle for a Federal Mine Safety Act, one that would take 17 years to pass. On September 14, 1964, four years after his retirement from the UMWA, Lewis was awarded the President Medal of Freedom, with President Johnson saying at the award ceremony that Lewis was an “eloquent spokesman of labor [and] has given voice to the aspirations of the industrial workers of the country and led the cause of free trade unions within a healthy system of free enterprise.""In 1968, Johnson sent to Congress the comprehensive and stringent Coal Mine Health and Safety Act, which brought an entirely new degree of health and safety regulation to the mining industry. It was what the law miners had been hoping and waiting for decades. The Act required two annual inspections of every surface coal mine and four at every underground coal mine, and dramatically increased federal enforcement powers in the mines. It also provided for monetary penalties for violations, and established criminal penalties for knowing and willful violations. The safety standards for all coal mines were strengthene … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Raab Collection [United States]
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