Labor Studies Essays & Term Papers

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The various labor movements in California have been among the most important in our nation. As a state with a tremendously diversified economy, California's workers are employed in every industry imaginable; from our huge agriculture base, to our docks, to aerospace, to construction, to the entertainment industry-the list is endless. And in each industry, workers struggled to organize themselves into collectives to shape the labor landscape of California. Some of California's labor

The Early Labor Movement, 1794- 1836 The early labor movement, between 1794 and 1836 had many strengths and weaknesses. Leadership of skilled workers in the union movement and the increased demand for these workers in the building trades were two of these strengths. Also important were the success of strikes for the ten-hour workday and the creation of the Working Men's party. The movement also had its weaknesses though. The loss of jobs due to new production processes and the employer's

Introduction Thesis Statement: Labour Unions play an essential role in representing the interests pertaining to the conditions of employment of every unionized employee, as well as aiding in the continuous growth of the economy. Paragraph #1 - The most common role of unions is to negotiate with employers on matters of pay, working conditions, job security, and other pertinent issues. This process is known as Collective Bargaining. - The overall goal of collective bargaining is to come t

A change in business origination was brought on by the growth of heavy industry and the creation of vast nationwide markets. Large businesses were able to afford to set up huge factories, install modern machinery, and employ hundreds of workers. These large enterprises required large amounts of money and new methods of management. There were great competition and greediness throughout the country. The wealth generated by industrial capitalism and big business led to "robber barons" which l

What is clearly evident is that the working people of America have had to unite in struggle to achieve the gains that they have accumulated during this century. Improvements did not come easily. Organizing unions, winning the right to representation, using the collective bargaining process as the core of their activities, struggling against bias and discrimination, the working men and women of America have built a trade union movement of formidable proportions. Labor in America has correctly

In colonial America, most manufacturing was done by hand in the home. Some was done in workshops attached to the home. As towns grew into cities, the demand for manufactured goods increased. Some workshop owners began hiring helpers to increase production. Relations between the employer and helper were generally harmonious. They worked side by side, had the same interests and similar political views. The factory system that began around 1800 brought great changes. The employer no lon

Organized labor, during the period from 1875 to 1900, was not as successful in improving the position of workers as one was hoping it would be. There are many results that arose from these organized labor attempts that prove how unsuccessful they actually were. These results include the collapse of many labor unions such as, NLU, Knights of Labor, and ARU, the failure of many strikes such as, the Great Railroad Strike, the Haymarket Riot, and the Pullman Strike, and the techniques use

The growth in large-scale industry and labor unions in the second half of the nineteenth century can be explained in many ways. Unlike earlier in the century, now there were broad markets, fast expansion in good economic times, thus causing a rise in demand for more goods. Additionally, new inventions with development in big business caused large scale industrialization to become possible. Lastly, companies’ ability to employ mass numbers of people to work in their factories for che

Work dominates modern life. Work can be satisfying, enjoyable and rewarding. Many of the difficulties which face several nations today arise from the fact that, over many years, a lot of people who want to work have been denied the chance to do so. Most employers treat their workers fairly. But some do not. Complaints about the way they were treated by their employer are rampant. Even the best bosses can make mistakes from time to time. That is where unions come in. Unions exist to help

While researching this paper I came across a very interesting article. In the November 2000 issue of Reason magazine, Michael McMenamin leads with the following paragraph: Organized labor was a one-century phenomenon. Look it up. Union members were only 9.5% of the private sector work force in 1999, down from a peak of 37% 40 years earlier. The last time union membership was so low was in 1902, when the union members were 9.3% of the private sector work force… The current union l

The novel The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, focuses on the Progressive Movement in the United States in a journey through the life of the main character Jurgis Rudkus who came America from Lithuania in search of the American Dream of freedom and fortune. After arriving in America, Jurgis and Ona go to Packingtown, an area of Chicago, to find work. Once at Jurgis begins work, he is quickly subjected to horrible working conditions and very low wages that are very often swindled away by those in p

Chivalry??. . . . . . . . . Today?? Chivalry is usually known as a moral system or an honor code. It originated in the 12th century when kings ruled the country, as a code to make peace. Now there is no king or queen monarchy, now there’s that wonderful thing that we call the Government. If you were to ask me if chivalry existed today I’d have to say that there are some examples, but there sure aren’t as many as there used to be. Back in the time when King Arthur rul

PART 1 This time period is quite an exciting period to be studying the Industrial Revolution, because of the fact that there is another revolution going on in the workplace. Every time technology changes, everything around it changes, and it is an exponential process. Technology increases, and then, using the new technology, it increases even more. 20 years ago, people used filing cabinets, and a pencil and paper, but recently, with the invention of computers, all that has been turne

The American Industrial Revolution had many profound and indelible effects on American society. The enormous expansion of American business and industry promoted a drastic change in the basic division of labor. The basic need of industry is labor, so a great demand for a workforce was created. Growing industrialization caused a huge influx of laborers into cities. As more factories sprang up, labor was expanded to utilize women and children. With expanding business and more worker

The process of labor-management bargaining has evolved since its beginning in the early years of labor negotiations. Since the parties involved in collective bargaining are negotiating a formal contract that both are to be bound by, there are many stresses and tensions that permeate the process. Most early negotiations were filled with drama and emotionalism. The struggle has continued today to move toward a more rational process, whereby negotiations are conducted and settled on the facts

CHAPTER SEVENThe Roots of Charisma In June 1943, Juan Domingo Per n suddenly burst onto the Argentine political scene as the new "strongman" behind the military junta that took power. Previously unknown, save among a clique of army nationalists, he was to become thereafter the pivot around which Argentina's power struggles would revolve for the next three decades. He polarized the society as no man--neither Rosas, Mitre, nor Yrigoyen--had ever done. Even today, more than a decade after his dea

The past decades there has been a dramatic increase of women participating in the labor force from countries all over the World including Canada. In 1950, one Canadian worker in five was a woman. By 1980 this percentage had doubled, and women are expected to make up more than 44 percent of the labor force by the end of this century. The increase in female participation started occurring during the 1970's. This increase also caused the largest baby boom that the Canadian female

This paper will attempt to discuss the pros and cons of trade unionism, as it exists in the United States. To understand the pros and cons, it is important to understand the environment in which trade unionism developed and the needs they attempted to satisfy. It will discuss the evolution of Trade Unionism through the centuries. From that understanding we can discuss the topic as it relates to our current environment. Historians agree that American Unionism started in the early 19th Century.

Work And The Indivdual Simply put, work is a major contributor in shaping an individual s life. Our lives revolve around the work we do and the rewards that we get from our work. Work provides the individual not only income to live by, but also identity, value, social belief, social relation and respect. The type of work we choose to do determines our status in society and measures our level of success in life. In this society, being without a job is almost like being invisible. Every one

Trade Unions - a future? “A trade union is an independant self-regulating organization of workers created to protect and advance the interests of its members through collective action.” Over recent years, it has become fashionable in many quarters to write off Britain’s trade unions, to label them as obsolete institutions out of touch with new realities and incapable of change. In today’s world of individual employment contracts, performance-related pay schemes, Human Resou

The Industrial revolution began in the early 1800s. The industrial revolution could not have happened if the agricultural revolution had not preceded it. During the Agricultural Revolution several inventions that reduced the need for man power were invented. Two of those inventions were the Jethro Tull seeding drill and the cotton gin. The seeding drill planted seeds in rows which made the crops easier to manage and harvest. The cotton gin was invented in 1793 by Eli Whitney, it too

The 1930 s were one of the most difficult times in American history. It was the time of the Great Depression. Millions of Americans suffered hardships as the economy continued to be in a freefall. Many Americans were unemployed and lost almost everything the owned. This created social and economic unrest as America was ripe for a change. In 1932, America realized it was time for a change, and elected Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a landslide vote. Roosevelt promised to help end the depression

Everyone Loves a Fat Man - William Taft The Most Progressive President In the early nineteen hundreds, the events that come to mind first are most likely World War I, which was going on at full steam, maybe even the Wright brothers making their first successful flight, and most likely the subject of racism and segregation. All these events became a major part of the future of our nation, and even the world. But nothing molded our country as much as the progressive movement from 1900 to 1

Northwest Settlement Reached Northwest Airlines and its mechanics agreed to a tentative contract settlement, potentially ending more than four years of talks that ultimately led to White House intervention. The two sides emerged early yesterday with a four-year contract that would make Northwest s mechanics the highest paid in the industry. If the 9,975 Northwest mechanics, cleaners and custodians represented by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association vote to approve the contract, some

Throughout the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow there were major cultural and social changes. The cutural changes were from the creations of unions to the moving picture industry to the creation of a middle class. The development of unions was moving the lower class of society up into an undevoped middle class and moving some of the rich down to this new middle class. Some of the social changes ranged from changes in women's sexual prefrances to the revolution of black rights. The two

Reconstruction Reconstruction is the rebuilding process that followed the American Civil War. The war lasted from 1861-1865 and at thet end of the war many questions concerning the South and slavery were left unanswered. These problems were what to do about the relationship between the Union and the Confederates. Other questions that arose were, how those who were responsible for the rebellion should be punished and what to do with the newly freed slaves. The freedom of the slaves al

Shiloh April 6-7, 1862 It began on a Sunday morning, and was named after a country church near the battlefield. The Union soldiers weren't prepred for the impending charge of Confederate soldiers. The Confederates attacked at 3 am, totally taking the Union troops by surprise. Bad roads and weather contributed to the delay of Union reinforcements, but when they got there, it took them 2 days of fighting to drive the Confederate troops back. No ground was gained, no strategic town was

Samuel Gompers and Terence Powderly Samuel Gompers and Terence Powderly have some things in common, as well as different. Samuel Gompers was born in London, England on January 27, 1850. When he was only ten years old, He dropped out of elementary school to be a shoemaker. When he was thirteen years old his family moved from London, England to New York. He then became an immigrant cigar maker when he was fourteen years old. He did this because he wanted to help his father make and s

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen, and Helpers of America, is one of the largest trade unions in the world. It was first chartered as the Team Drivers International Union in 1899. The name was changed to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in 1903. The Teamsters came about like other unions because workers were not protected from economic exploitation or from the consequences of illness, disability, or unemployment. The Teamsters enabled emplo

The Missouri Compromise By 1819, a heated controversy over whether or not Missouri was to be admitted to the Union as a slave state or as a free state was underway. Before Missouri's admission to the Union, there was an equal balance of free state and slave state senators in the United Sates Senate. If Missouri was to be admitted as a slave state without the admission of another free state, it would have upset the balance in the Senate. Not too long after the conflict over Missouri

Case Study/Labor Management & Collective Bargaining A. Name of the Union and the Occupation Covered -The Boston Police Union #16807 of the AFL -The occupation covered is the police officer. B. Issues covered in the contract. -present hours -wages -working conditions C. Problems in the case study -inadequate wages -excessive hours -new police officers were payed the same as old police officers in a 65 year time period(since 1854) -payment of uniforms and equipment had t

Meat Factories! How Disgusting! Meat factories have been recently under sedge because of how things are done. The whole ordeal started with the unions’ workers strike for more pay. From there this situation just got worse. Labor spies had been infiltrated into the union, meaning that the executives knew what was going on before it happened. The meat factory executives hired strikebreakers when picket lines modeled together. After the strike broke because the union ran out of money,

For many years Europe has been the cradle of many wars. People suffered from these terrible events they lost their families their homes during those years. The idea of a union was created after a very short time of these horrible years. The European Union was created to secure the area and it was a promise to European people that this union was going to bring peace to the area instead of war. The European Union was there to support the right of the member citizens. This is what we have learned

Asian students perform better academically than U.S. students throughout the entire school year. In order to prove that Asian students do perform better, Harold W. Stevenson and his colleagues proposed a series of large cross-national studies, beginning 1980. Stevenson discussed his studies in the article Learning from Asian Schools . The studies compared Chinese, Japanese, and American children who sampled from first grade and fifth grade classrooms in elementary schools in Minneapolis, Chi

Technology doesn't kill people... Today we swim in a sea of ever-changing technology that affects us as much as our thoughts and actions shape it. The technology we have chosen, either by the preferences of those who use it, or the agendas of those who own and benefit from it, has had its own influence on us from gross examples such as increased pollution, or a higher Western-style standard of living, to the way one person perceives another. Some people who resist using some, or even all te

WORKERS ATTEMPTS TO SURVIVE WORK INTRODUCTION Alienation is a factor that appears in the workplace. It can be looked at from two different perspectives. Karl Marx sees it as an objective state whereas Robert Blauner looks at it as a subjective state. Marx believes that all workers will unavoidably experience feelings of alienation. This is because employees feel degraded and dehumanised doing what they are doing. They take an instrumental orientation to work as a means to an end and

The reasons that I work I have studied hard for a long time, and I have been trained in special techniques since graduating from high school. I decided to study in the university because I was fully enthusiastic about studying. In fact, I wanted to study to get a better job or to be the owner of a company. What are the reasons that I work? I work to show my abilities, to make me outgoing, and to make money. First, the work place is the only place where I can show my abilities. In other words

Deloitte & Touche: a firm with many opportunities When an Accounting major is trying to find a firm to work for, there are 5 companies that typically come into mind. These companies are the Big 5 Accounting Firms, which include Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte & Touche, Arthur Andersen, and PriceWaterhouse Coopers. The choice the student now has to make is which Big 5 Firm to go with. On the outside they all appear to be basically the same and pretty much offer comparable benefits. It is the

“A company is only as good as the employees who work for It.” Seems to be the slogan driving most employers in today’s marketplace. Your employees are a direct reflection of your company and in many industries, may actually be considered the product. Finding the right employee can be one of the most crucial and difficult decisions a business can face. Businesses must be prepared for this process and understand the steps involved in hiring a new employee. When an emplo

LEGAL SECRETARIES Legal secretaries perform many of the same tasks as any other secretaries. For example, they answer phones and type letters. Legal secretaries must follow strict guidelines thats why they must be specialized in format for legal documents. For example is some pleadings must be on legal size paper while other be on legal size. Some of the documents that legal secretaries prepare are subpoenas, complaints, motions. Some legal secretaries read legal journals and assist wi

Jonny J. Island Application Paper 12/16/99 I didn't know what to expect of our Community Leadership class at the beginning of the semester. I knew what the words community and leadership meant and that the community I came from was a small one, but that was the extent of it. Every week I learned new information from the readings and more importantly through participation in our extensive class discussions. It really opened my eyes to the relationships that exist within our world.

What I want to be and why? From the time I started elementary I knew I had to be somebody when I grew up. As you would expect I draw up plans and many times dreamed of being somebody. As I grew older I learned in order to make my dreams and goals realistic it would involve determination and dedications. So I constantly kept that in mind as I get a step closer to making decisions and choices. I suppose if u believe in yourself u can be anybody you would like to be even if it may seems

As the United States started its economic growth towards becoming theworld s largest industrial power, the working conditions in the industriesbecame increasingly worse.1 Workers were being exposed to dreadfulconditions like bad ventilation, poor safety precautions, dirty work areas, etc. It is around the time of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire that Americansare just starting to realize the poor working conditions in the factories.2 Afterthe fire, labor reforms would sweep the indu

Companies often face the possibility of being taken over. During the take over many events within the each of the companies will arise. Some examples would be, employees would fear the loss of their job because the other company might not have any use for your position; rumors will start spreading about the merger or takeover that may have been started by individuals who “leaked” the news; many other events will also arise. In the book Surviving the 10 ordeals of a takeove

If the organizational structure is meant to reflect it's situation, the Limora Hospital and the Community Health Centre's (LCHC) structures do not do this. The current structure does not reflect the complexity, dynamics, or the environment. There appears to be little consideration given to parameters of design. Organizational design is used to maneuver a series of criterion that determine the division of labor and coordination. The Limora Hospital and the LCHC have weaknesses in their design

I. Introduction to Online Recruiting There are several methods used by employees to recruit job applicants. Human resource recruiters can use traditional methods such as posting a job listing in a newspaper or hire an employment agency to search for job applicants. They may also choose to communicate with career office employees at universities and colleges to attract candidates, use networking methods at professional organizations, advertise in newspapers or on television, or use more recen

Organization Change  Describe the present of situation of the company, and the main reasons that causes the problems. 3J Tech Company now is faced with high percentage of sales drop and huge amount of its customers complaining. The situation is overwhelming because the customers have been asking not to continue the contract with 3J Tech, and turn around to do business with its competition. Therefore, this results that the company is losing its market share and reputation in t

People in the rich world tend to assume that child labor, like slavery, is something that was abolished a century ago and that now only exists in third world countries. This can not be any further from the reality of this issue. In fully developed countries like Canada and the United States, parents encourage their children to have a job at an early age, as a way of letting their children gain experience of the real world. Few people see it as exploite that a child should work (for exam

Labor Unions: Aging Dinosaur or Sleeping Giant? The Labor Movement and Unionism Background and Brief History Higher wages! Shorter workdays! Better working conditions! These famous words echoed throughout the United States beginning in 1790 with the skilled craftsmen (Dessler, 1997, p. 544). For the last two-hundred years, workers of all trades have been fighting for their rights and seeking methods of improving their living standards, working conditions, and job security (Boone, 199

Cultural diversity in the workplace is becoming more and more prevalent. Corporations in all industries are encouraging minorities, women, elderly workers, people with disabilities as well as foreign workers to join white males in the workplace. The following analysis will focus on these groups and how companies are encouraging them to join an ever-expanding workplace. Even if affirmative action is dismantled, diversity of the workforce is clearly here to stay. Business owners and manag