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Lane Kirkland

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  • BornMar 12th 1922
  • DiedAug 14th 1999
  • ProfessionLabor Leader
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Joseph Lane Kirkland was a US labor union leader who served as President of the AFL-CIO for over sixteen years. His best remembered quotation is: "If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves." On November 13, 1989, Kirkland was presented with the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Bush. In 1994, Kirkland was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton. In 1999, Lane Kirkland was awarded the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom.

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