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Uplift Unionism Research Paper

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Uplift unionism is defined as a philosophy in which a union predominantly desires to promote and improve the intellectual, moral and social life of its union members (Fossum, 2002). Uplift unionism was one of the primary public policy goals of early unions, specifically the National Labor Union in 1866 (NLU). The NLU, though unsuccessful due primarily to overall negligence to worker problems and a general absence of leadership, was one of the first unions to promote and try to improve on uplift unionism (Fossum, 2002). Following in the NLU’s footsteps was the Knights of Labor (KOL) and the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Though both union groups were more productive overall than the NLU, the KOL in the end was not as popular as the
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