The Role Of Labor Unions During The Industrial Revolution

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Runninghead: Unions 1 UNIONS 2 UNIONS The Industrial Revolution was a period that brought many changes to America’s economy. Industrialization of America saw changes in transportation, agriculture, textile and metal manufacture. These changes fundamentally created many jobs and essentially left an enormous impact on America’s economy. With radical employment growth many cities resulted in overcrowding, leaving workers to live and work under harsh conditions. In the result of all this many workers formed labor unions, giving them negotiation rights with employers on issues such as wages, benefits, company’s rules and procedures, health and safety violation. Today unions…show more content…
It was not until the Industrial Revolution where it gained its power. Ineffective effort of the National Labor Union during the Industrial Revolution led way to the more successful American Federation of Labor (AFL), 1886, concentrated on the key issues of child labor, demand to reduce grueling twelve hours work days to eight hours days, and protection of the worker from unsafe working conditions and a decent wage (BabyWorlds, 2010). The argument on whether unions are good or bad has always been a popular platform for political parties. Some would agree the roles of labor unions have too much power while others would agree with the decline of labor unions in recent years the role in labor unions should increase. The role of unions allow members to negotiate for better wages and benefits but dissenters would argued that unions tend to use their collective bargaining to push for wages and benefits that are too excessive leaving no room for flexibility, which often leads to a dead halt in where both the employer and union members are not satisfied with the outcome. An article in American Thinker reported that some unionized…show more content…
2). The role of government on unions should always be seen from a free market approach, in where government neither encourage nor discourage the creation of labor unions. Government will not discourage union membership or union activity, provided existing laws against fraud, violence and property damage are not violated and under this approach employers may choose to deal or not deal with the labor union and workers are freely to strike no matter how much financial harm they may cause their employer (Hunter, 1999, para.

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