Importance Of Unions : History And Significance

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The Importance of Unions: History and Significance The earliest union was formed in 1768 in New York by Shoemakers. Since then unions continued to be formed but were deliberately exclusive to both specific workers and/or colors. Subsequently, at the beginning of the 1900’s the wage continued to be low, child labor and long work days were common with little to no healthcare, and workers had unsafe working conditions. The labor movement in the United States grew from the muckrakers informing the public of the need to protect the workers and provide them with fair and reasonable wages, hours, and working conditions ("Leading the way: The progressive movement, 1890-1920," 2014, p. 610-612). The labor movement led efforts to stop child labor, give health benefits and provide aid to workers who were injured or retired ("Labor movement - facts & summary - HISTORY.com," n.d.). This paper will discuss how general labor unions affected changes through politics and laws historically and discuss how unions have affected the field of Respiratory Therapy. How Labor Unions have Affected Change In 1900, during the Progressive Era, Unions began to grow at a strong rate, only strengthened by the events of the time ("U.S. Department of Labor -- History -- 6. Progressive Ideas," n.d.): 1) In 1900 the AFL and National Civic Federation promoted trade agreements with employers and the U.S. Industrial Commission declared trade unions are good for democracy, and attempts made to pass workers
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