Beginning or end of unions-VeraJose

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Unformatted text preview: Course Project: Beginning or End of Unions? Jose Vera DeVry University For many years, labor union movements have been known to champion and fight for the rights of the workers in different sectors of the economy. Workers who before had no voice now had the chance to speak up about the conditions and treatment they were being subjected to. As time has passed and our society has changed it has become detrimental to the existence of unions to find ways to maintain support and stay relevant in the 21 st century. Their existence has dramatically decreased from membership that used to be very powerful to almost non-existent. Things like politics, demographics, public policies, and attitude really have affected their ability to survive in this new era. The pressure to change in this 21 st century has been greater than ever before. For unions to be able to survive they must really comprehend the need for change and take drastic measures that will allow them a future. Whenever I think about unions or discuss their existence I think back to when they started and their original purpose. It is always important to know where you came from to be able to find where you are going. The concept of labor relations and labor unions has been around for many years. According to our lecture they were first officially recognized in the year 1783 when the American War of Independence resulted in the separation of the American colonies from Britain. A new government was formed with a new focus on labor organization. From this also stemmed the first labor union in 1794 known as the Shoemakers Union. This led to many laws and strategies put in place to keep labor relations running smoothly. The National Labor Union was created in 1866, followed by the AFL and CIO. The Fair labor Standards Act of 1938 and the Taft-Harley Act of 1945 were also created in dealing with labor relations. All of these were created with one common goal in mind. They were established to protect the safety and security of workers. Our lecture reminds us that union membership has been on a constant decline. How is it that a force once able to disrupt whole industries can have so little influence now? Besides representing a smaller share of the work force, unions no longer support one another's objectives. In addition, since the mid-1950s, unions have been fighting a losing battle to maintain public approval. According to the Gallup Poll annual survey, by 1979 public approval of unions declined to its lowest point in 43 years, with only 53% of the American people expressing approval, Compared to a 76% approval rating in 1957 and a 72% approval rating when the first Gallup Poll of worker attitudes was conducted in 1936, the figure for 1979 represented a drastic reduction. In the 1950s union membership began to grow to approximately 15 million members. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, last year in 2010, the union membership rate fell once again from the year before to a mere 11.9% or workers unionized. from the year before to a mere 11....
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