Milestones Of The Afl Union Essay

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Milestones of the AFL
For over a century in the United States, the matter of labor unions has been a focus of dispute. There have been many historical events and milestones that have affected labor unions. Unionization has seen its share of both ups and downs throughout history. Whether you are for or against it, labor unions can have a major impact on your work environment. This paper outlines the riots and strikes during the late 1800’s, how riots and strikes harmed as well as how they helped the American Federation of Labor (AFL), and speaks to the evolution of labor relations and human resources.
Haymarket riot, Homestead strike, and Pullman strike
The Homestead Strike was a labor lockout and strike which began on June 30, 1892, with a battle between the strikers and private security agents erupting on July 6, 1892. It is one of the most serious labor disputes in U.S. history (Buchanan, 2014). The dispute occurred in Homestead, Pennsylvania, between the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers (the AA) and the Carnegie Steel Company. The Pullman Strike occurred when 4,000 Pullman Palace Car Company workers reacted to a 28% wage cut by going on a wildcat strike in Illinois on May 11, 1894, bringing traffic west of Chicago to a halt. What it tells us is that relations between labor and capital in this period were very bad; the United States had an extraordinarily violent pattern of labor relations in this era.
How Riots Harmed/Helped the AFL
All three incidents…

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