Industrialism has created a whirlwind of positive and negative outcomes. Many people saw this as an opportunity to grow as a country while others believed it ran us into the ground and is continuing to pollute our lives, literally. When the industrial revolution came along many workers were supplied jobs. Although it was great news for them, they worked at low wages and working over hours. The work place was not safe, and the conditions were not reliable for anyone. Women were paid about half of what the men were paid. Breaks were not given unless it was lunch or dinner time, and, on the job, accidents were at a high rate. During this time, workers were not treated well or fairly whether skilled or not.
Unions were monopolies to the employers. The employers found that having the Union made it harder for them to replace the workers because of the Union laws. In the past, workers could work long hours with little pay, but with the Union involved it was the opposite. Working citizens, skilled and unskilled had protection. Their wages were set to a better standard, the actual work place had better safety regulations, and the hours weren’t excruciating. Most of the business employers weren’t game for all of this because they had more money to pay out and had more regulations on their business. Basically, the worker would go to the Union and then the Union would go to the business. It’s like workers had their own security team!
When Unions came into play, the workers had many benefits to reap from. The Union gave the working man/woman strength to stand up for their rights as a providing citizen. Low skilled workers were able to ask for accommodating pay and hours without the fear of being replaced with a snap of a finger. The Unions made it possible for people to have security within their jobs and a safer work environment. The work conditions alone were something to be accounted for. The number of work injuries dropped tremendously, which is best for everyone in that scenario. Working in a safe environment is the best benefit that workers and business owners could ask for.