Labor Unions And The Freedom Of Collective Bargaining

1887 Words Apr 11th, 2015 8 Pages
As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining… We demand this fraud be stopped” ("Martin Luther King Jr. On 'Right To Work ': 'We Demand This Fraud Be Stopped '" 1). The right to work law makes it so no employee can be forced to be in a labor union; therefore, it gives them the choice to be in a labor union or not to be in a labor union without it effecting them (“Right to Work Frequently-Asked Questions” 1). The right to work law has caused a lot of controversy to arise. While there are many cons of the right to work law, there are also many pros of it. Much of this controversy stems back to the history of labor unions. As of now, there is beginning to be a history of the right to work law too. Labor Unions date back to the 1800s. Since the majority of workers in the South were slaves and the majority of workers in the North were farmers, the number of wage laborers in the late 1700s was limited (Yates 13). When protests began after the American Revolution, groups called societies began. Societies would try to help employees maintain the standards of the workplace. Along with that, they did not want people who weren’t members of the society being hired and they tried to set a pay standard. In 1806, these so called societies…
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