Thursday, December 20, 2012

Labor Unions Emerging

Based upon what I have read, labor unions were good for the workers, but bad for the employers because workers fought for their rights, while employers lost money to pay the workers more. The Triangle Trade was a sweatshop in which 146 seamstresses died because of a fire that engulfed everything on the upper floors because of all the flammable products that occupied the space. These fires could have been prevented by having a sprinkler system, and left the emergency doors open. Monopolists did not want unions because because they would lose money. The union workers fought for a better pay, so the monopolists had to give them more money. Therefore, monopolists hired scabs: people who were willing to be paid less to work. Unionized workers did not like scabs because scabs took the workers jobs and defeated the purpose of the union going on strike. Many factory and sweatshop owners did not like the vision of unions like the IWW because they felt that those types of organizations would overpower the capitalist system. That would mean the rich would be treated the same as the poor if organizations like the IWW would have enough power over their employers.

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