Labor Unions in the United States

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Labor Unions in the United States Organized labor affects the lives of many citizens everyday, often in a roundabout way. Labor Unions affect many different people from blue-collar workers to white-collar workers, stay-at-home moms, students, and retirees. Fewer; however realize the legal role Labor Unions have played and continue to play in the financial system, political affairs, and society in general. In today's society, more of our skilled hourly and unskilled workers belong to some sort of Labor Union and that is a good sign that Unions will not face extinction. As long as there is a need for higher wages, there will be a need for Unions. Labor Unions are organizations of wage earners or salary workers established for protecting…show more content…
Lewis announced the conception of the Committee for Industrial Organization, also known as the CIO, in 1935. The CIO was made up of 12 leaders of the AFL Unions. Lewis made harsh allegations toward his colleagues in the AFL. These allegations caused the CIO and the AFL to break up in 1936. The first constitutional convention was held by the CIO in 1938 and officially became known as the Congress of Industrial Organizations. Over the next few years, both the CIO and the AFL Unions saw a sizeable gain in their membership. At a convention held in New York on December 5, 1955 the AFL and the CIO put aside their differences and agreed to work together in the fight for Industrial Unionism. The AFL-CIO unification and its additional agreements brought about the end of the disputes between the Unions that had weighed down the labor movement in the earlier years. The Unions begin to work on organizing workers in the area of industries, and plants where there was not a working system of labor representation. Sometimes this meant they had to come up with knew ideas and new methods to achieve the goal of unionizing the employees of the business that had resisted them in the years before the merger of the AFL-CIO. In the last 23 years, there has been a rise in non-unionized workers but a decline in the unionized workers "(See Appendix)" The biggest reason or the decline in Union membership are the businesses that are spending a great deal of time
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