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Labor Union Project
Rachel Groszon 5 February 2012
Transcript of Labor Union Project
in 1897: 265,000
Memebers in 1904: 1,675,000 5 statistics about labor unions: Comparison between union members and non-union members. 3 Advantages of Labor Unions 1) Everyone is treated equally in a work place.
Everyone follows the same set of guidelines to raise a wage. 2) Seniority is honored. The worker with more experience would keep the job instead of a worker that came recently. 3) Union workers receive compensation. In a non-union occupation, there is no gaurantee that two people are earning the same amount of money for the same job. 3 Disadvantages of Labor Unions In 2009, union membership rate for the United States was higher for men (13.3 percent) than for women (11.3 percent), but the gap was narrow considerably since 1983, when the rate for men was baout 10 percentage points higher than the rater for women. For the first time in American history, a majority of union members are government workers rather than private-sector employees. Among government workers, union membership grew to 37.4 percent last year, from 36.8 percent in 2008. 5 pictures from historical labor movement protests/strikes: The Homestead Act Tompkins Square Riot Top Three Most Politically Active Unions: Service Employees International Union
National Education Assn.
American Federation of Teachers French Protest Service Employees International Union
membership - 1.5 million
largest and fastest growing union
involved in every major cause such as raising wages, better and more affordable health care, and job safety
highest proportion of immigrants
1)Labor unions cannot guarantee your job if you strike.
Your employer does not need to hire you back after the strike
is over. 2) There is little incentives for the workers because promotions and pay are largely determined by seniority. 3) If you work for a Labor Union, the worker must pay union dues. These payments are taken from the worker's paycheck. Example of Labor Union Mediation: The Molly Macguires were common miners as seen here, who banded together and used forceful and sometimes fatal action to fight against the oppression they suffered during their employment during with the mining companies. Pickets surround Lake Street Plant of Minneapolis Moline Company. (1946) Example of Labor Union: The most prominent unions are among public sector employees such as teachers and police. Hundreds of Finnish workers are continuing a strike at a paper making mill
after mediation failed to resolve a labor dispute.
The reason for the strike - hit by overcapacity forcing it to close mills, cut production and lay off thousands of workers members of seven small flat janitor unions dared to dream they could build their strength by forming a single organization, the Building Service Employees International Union, BSEIU. A union of mostly immigrant workers, BSEIU was primarily organized of janitors and window washers in its early years--workers who were excluded from other unions at the time The article that we read was about union protestors that fought to support public employees. Teachers, firemen, and other public employees surrounded the Capitol; until, the protest peacefully ended on Tuesday mar. 8, 2011. The bill being protested does not allow the public to collective bargain. This upset the union workers tremendously. Furthermore, Rick Snyder promises that he will not eliminate labor unions like in Wisconsin and Ohio. Anti-union comment: "Shame on the idiots protesting at the Capitol. They're opposed to the gravy train ending, even if it means the insolvency of municipalities or the state of Michigan. As long as they believe they will be bailed out, they keep piling on the benefits for themselves, hoarding taxpayer money that could be used to help the state instead of giving lazy slobs overly generous retirements in their mid-50's while the rest of us pay for it." Pro-Union Comment: "If Public employees feel that they can intimidate all those that don't share thier selfish cause, which is a majority of Michigan voters, they can leave. This State Government needs to make tough choices that effect everyone and they are doing the right thing by taking steps to correct problems. Deal with it people." THE END By: Kevin Checinski
and Rachel Grosz Lobbying Totals, 1998-2010
Money to Congress: 2010 Cycle
House # of Members Average Contribution Total Contributions
Democrats 212 $6,773 $1,435,900
Republicans 4 $-1,375 $-5,500
Independents 0 $0 $0
TOTAL 216 $6,622 $1,430,400
The US House of Representatives has 435 members.