History of Labor Unions Summary

History of Labor Unions Summary - History of Labor Unions...

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History of Labor Unions Summary & Analysis Key Points Historical conflict between unions and management has centered on struggle for power in the workplace Unions expanded before WWI, shrank in 1920s, grew rapidly in 1930s-40s, peaked in 1950s, and declined after 1960s Americans have long had a love-hate relationship with unions Who Rules? Business viewpoint: employers should have freedom to run businesses as they see fit, without undue interference from workers; labor is a commodity to be bought and sold at market price; this is the core of free enterprise Union viewpoint: labor is not a mere commodity, but a special part of the human experience; workers deserve a say in the conditions of their labor; the right of workers to organize in their own self-interest is a basic human right During the 1950s, the American economics professor Clark Kerr observed that "organized labor and management are primarily engaged in sharing between themselves what is, at any one
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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