Evolution of Labor Unions Term Paper by Nicky

Evolution of Labor Unions
An overview of labor unions, including their evolution until today.
# 148953 | 1,828 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 16, 2011 in Business (Human Resources) , Labor Studies (General)

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The paper looks at the definition, history and evolution of unions as well as their growth and subsequent decline. The paper also addresses the organization of labor unions, their membership policies, the legislation that affects labor unions and management and the reduced need for labor union representation today. Finally, the paper describes the new global labor federation, the International Trade Union Confederation, that has adapted itself to today's challenges of unionized workers by ensuring that their rights are not overlooked in economic globalization.

History and Evolution
Growth and Decline
Membership Policies
Labor Legislation
Vision and Direction
A New Global Federation

From the Paper:

"Workers in the 1700s and 1800s recognized the need to band together in response to inhuman working conditions, low wages and long work hours (Encyclopedia of Small Business, 2002; Maxwell, 1999). Labor unions flourished during the Industrial Revolution. By grouping together, workers found that they could bargain and pressure employers to respond to their demands. The specialization of employees increased production dramatically, bringing about prosperity during good times and hardships during depressions (Encyclopedia of Small Business, Maxwell).
"As the number of labor unions increased, two types emerged, namely, craft unions and industrial unions (Encyclopedia of Small Business, 2002; Maxwell, 1999). Workers under craft unions were skilled in a specific trade or craft. Examples of craft unions in the 1790s are the Philadelphia shoemakers in 1792, the Boston carpenters in 1793, and the New York printers in 1794. Workers without specializations formed industrial unions beginning from 1827. Examples were the United Steel Workers and the teamsters. The depression of 1837 nearly blotted out these unions but they resurfaced before the Civil War in 1861. From that time, they became strong enough to ward off recessions. Among the five major organizations between 1866 and 1936 were the National Labor Union and the Noble Order of the Knights of Labor."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Associated Press (2006). Delegates launch global labor union. Deseret News: DeseretNews Publishing Company. Retrieved on June 8, 2009 from http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4188/is_20061102/ai_n16831637/?tag=content;col1
  • Encyclopedia of Small Business (2002). Labor unions. CBS Interactive, Inc. Retrievedon June 8, 2009 fromhttp://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qx5201/is_2002/ai_n19121346/?tag=content;col1
  • Maxwell, G (1999). Labor unions. Encyclopedia of Business: CBS Interactive, Inc.Retrieved on June 8, 2009 from http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qx5209/is_1999/ai_n19125781/?tag=content;col1

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