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Evolution of American Unions 1 Running head: EVOLUTION OF AMERICAN UNIONS Tracing the Evolution of the Legal Status of American Unions Jeremy Doncouse Mountain State University
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Evolution of American Unions 2 Abstract Because there are relatively few powerful manufacturers who control the labor market there is a struggle over wages, benefits, and rights in the workplace. Unions attempt to level the playing field by allowing workers, who would otherwise be powerless, to band together and use collective bargaining, strikes, and contracts to get their share of equal rights and fair treatment. As old as the nation itself American labor movements began in 1778, but were slow to progress due to unfavorable legal decisions, the rural nature of early America, and the low level of skill had by the workers. The evolution of the legality of American unions, to include activities which were restricted by laws and courts and how constraints have changed over time will be discussed.
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Evolution of American Unions 3 Tracing the Evolution of the Legal Status of American Unions The American labor movements began in 1778 when New York journeyman won a wage increase through collective action. A few years latter unionization had its first set-back as the conspiracy doctrine was established which punished a union if its activities were called illegal by the courts. Almost 100 years latter that law was lessened when Boston Journeyman Bootmaker’s Society was allowed to strike due to low wage rates of nonunion members. Before the Civil War America didn’t know what to do with unions yet the workingmen’s party helped to elect President Andrew Jackson. Unions did have some success following President Jackson’s election
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This note was uploaded on 03/08/2011 for the course MGMT 308 taught by Professor Unknown during the Spring '09 term at Mountain State.

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