ilrcb paper 2 - Robert Chudy ILRCB:100 Professor DeVault...

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Robert Chudy ILRCB:100 Professor DeVault “The man working beside you, be he Negro, Jew or Pollock is a working man like yourself and being exploited by the ‘boss’ in the name of racial and religious prejudice. You work Together-FIGHT TOGETHER!!!”-Making a New Deal(Cohen) The American labor scene is one that has been marked with struggles between the workers and employers since the founding of this country. It is clear from the start that the employers exploited the employees in different ways for economic gain. The rights and health of the workers was put in harms way for companies to turn a profit. Workers generally did not like the Employers attitudes towards organized labor. Employers did everything they could to disrupt the attempts of workers to establish unions. In many cases unions were downright unsuccessful in accomplishing their goals (both in the work place and politically), which they blamed on the management’s hostility. However it is unfair to say that the employers were solely responsible for the lack of union success. Much of the union downfall came from within the ranks of workers themselves. Because of the vast racial, religious and political tension within the groups of employees, organized unionism had trouble maximizing it’s potential. It was only when workers got into the mindset of the quote above that unionism was maximized in favor of the laborer. During the years right after World War One, the segregation of ethnic groups was very high, which can especially be seen in areas that attracted immigrants like Chicago. Neighborhoods generally were made up of the same ethnic groups, that reflected the waves of immigration. “the neighborhoods displayed some ethnic mix, in general the Poles dominated some quarters; Slovaks others; the Irish who had not already moved further south hung on to the north and east ends of the yards; and a growing number of Mexicans were limited to two neighborhoods on either side. Blacks could not live
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2008 for the course ILRCB 1100 taught by Professor Danielc during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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