The Economic Impact of Labor Unions?

Answer Labor unions became a major force in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, union membership in the United States increased, and... Read More »

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How Do Labor Unions Function?

A far cry from the scrappy heroes of Zola's "Germinal" and Sinclair's "The Jungle," modern labor unions in Europe and North America have become sophisticated, white-collar organizations. Although s... Read More »

Are labor unions good or bad?

On One Hand: Labor Unions Protect WorkersLabor Unions allow collectives of workers to be able to demand higher wages and better conditions from employers because they are negotiating as a single bl... Read More »

Negatives of Labor Unions?

There seems to be an ongoing debate about the effect that labor unions have on everything from workers to employers to the economy in general. There is no real argument that in the early 1900s labo... Read More »

When did labor unions start?

Skilled U.S. workers began forming local unions in the early 1800s. National unions were founded by the time the Civil War began in 1861. Some of these fell apart but were replaced by stronger unio... Read More »