Unions And The Freedom Of Collective Bargaining

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“Right-to-Work provides no ‘rights’ and no ‘work’...It’s purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining”(Martin Luther King). The roots of labor unions in the United States dates back to the late 18th Century, when skilled craftsmen joined forces against low product prices. Since then, labor unions have been practical to both the economy and the people which it employes. It has allowed laborers to make great strides in the protection of rights in their work. It has also increased wages, causing a strengthening of the middle class. Because of the benefits to the workers, an increase in wages, making a stronger middle class , and its historic success for the economy in struggling times , unionization is generally a better option than non-unionization. The essential reason why unions exist is for the benefits of its workers. Throughout the history of the United States labor unions have been created to protect the working class from harsh conditions and low wages. For example, the American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed to lobby to raise the workers’ wages, and improve the conditions in which they worked. “But more important in the long run was the permanent stamp that the AFL made on the American labour movement...and the objective of trade unionism became exclusively the incremental achievement of higher wages and better working conditions” (Organized Labour). During and after the Industrial Revolution, as portrayed in The Jungle
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