Problems For Workers During The American Industrial Revolution

The industrial revolution led to many problems for workers. These problems lead to the development of Labor Unions.

Workers had many problems that they wanted to change. They worked for a lot of hours for little pay; the workers campaigned for a 10-hour working day. Their working conditions were hazardous to their health. The workers could not solve these problems individually; they needed to become organized and unite.

Some unions were developed. One major Union was the Knights of Labor. They had many goals to solve the worker's problem. Their goals were to endeavor for an eight-hour working day, laws establishing a minimum weekly higher wage, the use of arbitration rather than strikes to settle disputes, laws to protect the health and safety of industrial workers, equal pay for equal work, an end to child labor under 14 years of age and government ownership of railroads, telegraphs and telephones.

The public did not like Labor Unions in the late 1800s. They felt this way because of the riot at Haymarket square. On May 4, 1886, efforts to introduce the eight-hour workday in the farm implement industry resulted in a bomb blast at an outdoor rally. This event caused the public to think that strikers and Unions were bad. Also, the Homestead strike of 1892 and the Pullman strike of 1894 left bad impressions on the public because they tried to stop the operation of businesses that were vital to the public.

The industrial revolution lead to the increase of America economy but it also caused problems for workers. These problems were endeavored to be solved in the ways stated above but did not work until a successful union came into operation called the American labor union organization.

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