The Role Of Violence During U.s. Labor

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Case Study Assignment: The Role of Violence in U.S. Labor Why do we celebrate Labor Day? There is more to our 3-day weekend holiday celebrated by get-togethers, barbequing, and an extra day off work. We celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers. This happy ending did not have a happy start when immigrants were coming to America. They were cheap labor and unskilled so they became exploited. There was a rapid expansion in factories and manufacturing capabilities during the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Workers of factories, mines and other hard labor faced harsh working conditions. They also endured long hours, low pay, and health risks. Children and women were even exposed to these harsh conditions, known as sweatshops, and were generally received lower pay than men, with little help from the government to limit injustices. Injuries occurred from machinery, abuse from supervisors/management, verbal abuse, and sickness due to sanitary conditions. Many things such as war, depression, and limited government assistant, attributed to the early events of aggressive hostility between unions and management. “The United States has had the “bloodiest and most violent labor history of any industrial nation in the world”—so concluded Philip Taft and Philip Ross for their oft-cited study, American Labor Violence: Its Causes, Character, and Outcome (Urbanski, "Labor Union Violence in America: A Brief History", para 2). Dating all the back to the late
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