When did labor unions start?

Answer 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 »

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Are labor unions good?

On One Hand: Increased Wages and SafetyLabor unions were originally created to combat terrible (and often dangerous) working conditions, as well as wages that were too low to be livable. Early on t... Read More »

Are labor unions still needed?

On One Hand: Gap Between Rich and PoorAccording to Cornell labor professor Clete Daniel, the U.S. has its largest gap between the rich and the poor ever, as of February 2009. Labor unions help clos... 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 »

Are labor unions effective?

On One Hand: A long history of helping workersUnions have effectively negotiated raises and benefits on behalf of their members for the better part of 150 years. Today, various trade unions have ov... Read More »