Workers in the Industrial Revolution seemed to have to find their own way in their jobs with little helping coming from their bosses or superiors. With all the new changes in technology skills that used to be so special turned to not being needed anymore. When skilled jobs were no longer need, people found themselves working in no skill jobs within factories. While many of us see the Industrial Revolution being a big stepping stone in our country, the workers who started it did not have a easy way of life.
These workers worked long days for not very much pay. They were very tiring jobs and were also very dangerous. Between working in either factories or mines there was not much safety and workers risked their lives going to work every day. Breaks were rare and very short and left these workers exhausted at the end of the day.
When the thoughts of unions came along many employers did not want them in their work places. Employers saw unions cutting their profits down and taking to much control in their work places. These employers had workers who would listen to other workers and let the employer know of anyone who was in talks in making a union and they would be fired. When the workers tried to strike it just led to the employers making new hires and not worrying about their old workers coming back.
Along with this employers most of the time had support of a judge or jury if a labor dispute went into court. Unions did not have the resources that were needed for beating these employers who could afford to spend money in court.
On the other side of this workers saw unions as a way to get them labor laws and protect them at work. They saw unions a way to get better hours and have fair breaks. Along with this was their change to get a fair pay and have safer working conditions. In all the Industrial Revolution has helped this country get to where it is today, but without the workers who fought through these tough times none of this would possible.
Keene, Jennifer D., Saul T. Cornell and Edward T. O’Donnell. Visions of America: A History of the United States, Combined Volume, 3/e. Boston: Pearson, n.d.