Equal Rights and Labor Rights

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Equal Rights and Labor Rights 15:31 1. Title VII – a. Benefits to workers – African Americans and women benefited. It forced  employers to acknowledge equal citizenship. Lichtenstein: black employment  increased as soon as Title VII was passed. It empowered working class  people to complain about discrimination. Previously, people had to go to the  NAACP to complain where a group of civic minded people who are devoted to  equal rights. A government agency was created to enforce equality – the  EEOC. It represented a challenge to an at-will-employment law. This means  that an employer can fire a worker for any reasons whatsoever. Title VII puts a  limit on this. Most people in unions supported Title VII. They saw it was  another weapon to fight against bosses.  b. Seniority issue – this is the one issue divided the supporters or equal rights  and labor rights. Lichtenstein noted that unions favored seniority. Why? Part of  what the labor movement is to provide stability for workers. This is one of the  reasons why unions supported seniority. Workers should be repaid by  employers for their years of service. This is also to protect high paying jobs  where employers can’t fire older workers by hiring newer and younger  workers. People who are for equal rights are against seniority. Why?  Minorities are the latest addition to the labor force so they don’t want to be 
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2009 for the course SOC 359 taught by Professor Williams during the Fall '09 term at University of Texas.

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