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1 What policies and procedures do companies and the union use to handle labor relations and collective bargaining? Karen White Business 205,Human Resource Management Professor Evelyn Potts
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August 14,2005 The American Labor Movement has a long and multicolored history reaching back to the days of the founding fathers. But not until almost the close of the nineteenth century did it attain a definite form and character. Then, with the triumph of the American Federation of Labor over the huge, sprawling Knights of Labor, it turned away from political and reform movements and settled down to the business of getting better employment and working conditions for its members--mostly skilled craftsmen ( Baron Ava, 1991). Its achievements were considerable. Notable systems of collective bargaining had their start in the years around 1900, some of them earlier. But they were limited to a small number of industries--the building and printing trades, the railroads, coal mining and a few others. And this remained true up to the First World War, when trade-union membership spurted and many hitherto open-shop areas temporarily yielded recognition. It was true also of the 1920's, a decade whose first three years saw over half the wartime gains swept away and whose last seven prosperous years were a period of almost complete union stagnation (Foner Eric, 1980). Still centering nearly all their efforts on improving the material position of the skilled crafts, and handicapped by political and economic developments, the labor unions showed no signs of ability or desire to reach more than a small fraction of American workers (Forbath William E, 1991). The gradual recognition of inequalities of waiting power has required changes to be made in the legal means of protecting equality, and these changes underlie the history of labor legislation. They occur within limits prescribed by "due process
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