Many workers during the Industrial Revolution (Late 1800’s Early 1900’s) sought for relief form poor, hazardous and in-humane working conditions. Most hoped to find that relief within a few different labor unions that started to pop up throughout the nation.
With ample capital, an abundance of raw matierials, cheap labor and new technology, these new found “Robber Barons”, greedy capitalists who grew rich by deious business practices, exploitation of workers, and political manipulation, gave little to no concern for the well-being of thier employees. Thier main and only concern seemed to be keeping profits high and labor costs down.
Big business tried to squash out labor unions by proclaiming to the public that nothing good ever came from them. Nothing good ever came from a stike, nothing good ever came from a picket, they proclaimed. Big business tried to connect legetimate labor unions with extremists and disgruntled rogue workers that had committed haneous crimes against law enforcement and the public.
Employers didn’t want to lose “total” control over thier workforce and they knew whtat unions would give the employees a voice and a “leg” to stand on when it came to collection compensation from an incident taht may have occurred from employer negligence and businesses alos knew that labor unions would bring apon higher labor costs resulting in less profits.
When it comes to todays’ workforce, American society has come a long way but still has some hurdles to overcome. We now have much stricter labor lawas when it comes to minors int he workforce. Working environments are now much safer and employers are held accountable for negligence. Even though women are no longer paid half the wages that of a mans’ for the same job, thier is an argument to be made that it is still now equal overall. I do believe society is heading in a better direction but there will always be greed that puts a part of our workforce at risk.
Keene, Jennifer D. Visions of America: A History of the United States. 3rd ed., vol. 2, Pearson, 2017.