The Industrial Revolution led to the shaping of modern labor and employee/employer relations. During this time there was a lot of tension between the two groups causing the Homestead Strike in 1892 and the Pullman Strike in 1894. (Labor Battles in the Gilded Age, Khan Academy) The Homestead Strike was between Carnegie Steel and their workers, Carnegie hired an outside group of men (shown below courtesy of Khan Academy) to break up the strike. (Labor Battles in the Gilded Age). This strike was significant not only because Carnegie Steel was a giant corporation in this era, but it also turned violent between the men Carnegie hired and the workers. The Pullman Strike started in Chicago and then spread nationwide for railroad workers. (Labor Battles in the Gilded Age) These two strikes are great examples of how the growth of industrialism put workers not only in danger while at work because of limited safety regulations as well as being attacked by their employer when protesting. The employers were threatened by the rise of unions during this time because they cut into their profit margins by fighting for fair wages and safety regulations which cost money to put in effect. It wasn’t until the start of the 1900s were improvements saw by unions. This finally happened because President Teddy Roosevelt stepped in to help coal workers in 1902 negotiate with their employer. (Labor Battles during the Gilded Age) With the federal government not taking the side of the employers the unions were able to settle the strike and get better working conditions. This started the foundation of workers rights and various acts that have been past since then.
“Labor Battles in the Gilded Age.” Khan Academy, http://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-us-history/period-6/apush-gilded-age/a/labor-battles-in-the-gilded-age.