America 's Labor Movement : An Important Part Of American Society

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America’s Labor Movement Dewey Greear Regis University America’s Labor Movement The labor movement was and still is an important part of American society. The history of the labor movement will be examined from the founding of the National Labor Union in 1866 thru to today’s times. I will go in depth on a couple of the early parts of the movement and then summarize key events that have happened up until today. Amongst the discussions on these events, I will talk of the impact the event had on the culture and the impact on democracy. Roughly 20 years before the formation of the National Labor Union in 1866, there was a landmark case called the Commonwealth v. Hunt. In this case, the Supreme Court ruled that it was not illegal…show more content…
After the Civil War, the cost of living increased and there were a growing number of large corporations that were not paying a good wage, therefore this led to workers organizing unions (Rise of Unions, 2014). This organizing gave rise to the first national coalition of unions knows as the National Labor Union (Rise of Unions, 2014). The National Labor Union was composed of around 600,000 members and included women and blacks (Rise of Unions, 2014). I find the fact that there were women and blacks allowed in the union, especially during that time, to be a wise decision by the Union because this brought different genders, races, and cultures into the mix. Having people of all gender and race only adds strength to a group since there are so many different points that need addressed. To give an idea how rare it was to have involved women and blacks during that period in history, in the union I belong to, Boilermakers #667, there are roughly 600 members and out of those members there are only 3 women and there was one African American male but he has recently retired. During the National Labor Union’s six year tenure, there were many decisive victories for the union workers. The Union was so well developed that it persuaded Congress to enact an 8-hour work day for federal workers (Rise of Unions, 2014). This was no easy
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