DBQ: Labor Unions:
Attitudes Toward Organized Labor
Were labor unions successful in working out their disputes with big-business owners?
Or did the federal government and the courts need to play a role in settling these disputes?
A labor union is an organization intended to represent the collective interests of workers in negotiations with employers over wages, hours and working conditions. Labor unions are often industry-specific and tend to be more common in manufacturing, mining, construction, transportation and the public sector
Beginning in the late 1800s, labor Unions were designed to stop corrupt business tycoons from taking advantage of their workers. Labor union representation in the United States has declined significantly in the private sector. It is commonly believed that union security clauses compel workers to join unions and pay full dues as a condition of employment, but it is actually illegal for a union to force an employee into full union membership.
Use your knowledge of the organized labor movement and Documents A, B, C, and D to answer questions 1 through 4.