Labor Unions In The Glided Age

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Throughout history labor unions have been and are debated. The labor unions versus capitalism are a major subject matter that has separated our country into two separate political parties. Whether, unions are practical and mandatory for our economy, or just another conflict added to the list of problems our country already has. Although, the general opinion of part of today’s labor unions have become redundant and can eventually be risky, labor unions of the Glided Age were necessary. Providing evidence of merits, personal bias, and political views to support the idea of the unsafe and unfair working conditions during this era. During the Glided Age industries were booming and along with that came competitors. Companies were constantly finding alternative ways to beat their competition, and ways to save every bit of money they could. This meant cutting of pay and poor working conditions. …show more content…
Worker felt that the whole situation was unfair, so in hope of obtaining justice they began to strike. Strikes were starting to break out frequently, so businesses took precautionary measures of their own hiring strikebreakers to break up the conflict. Many businesses and their owners assumed that the workers would eventually come to their senses. Eventually workers would get hungry, they will have to support their families somehow, and they need a job to economically survive. So many business waited around for workers to come back. The Pullman Strike is a sufficient example of how businesses would wait around and see workers slowly suffering from the conflict. “We are not desperate today, because we are not hungry, and our wives and children are not begging for bread. But George M. Pullman, who ran away from the public opinion that has arisen against him, like the genie from the bottle in the Arabian Nights, is not feeding us. He is patiently seated beside his millions waiting for what? To see us starve.”

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