Essay on The Labor Unions Impact On Society

721 Words Mar 25th, 2016 3 Pages
During the late 19th to early 20th century, the United States made a transition from an agricultural economy to an industrial economy. The new inventions and methods increased the efficiency of production also created many job opportunities. However, the labor workers were exploited, women were mistreated and industrialization led to overcrowding cities. The growth of the industrial economy had many impacts on society. Although the economy was distinctly benefitted by industrialization, this did not come without a cost.

The labor unions had a great impact on society. Due to industrialization, many businesses were formed, creating job opportunities for many people. Though there were many businesses, only the businessmen benefited from them. The labor unions such as the Knights of Labor and American Federation of Labor fought to protect the common interest of workers. The workers were treated very poorly, periodic unemployment and poor working conditions were a fact of life for workers (Circle of Rights, 2016). Employers held enormous power over the lives of their workers and lower wages and fire employees at will. Due to the increasing population, businesses could fire employees without a second thought because many others are more than willing to take their place. To ensure the rights of the workers, Labor unions fought for better wages, reasonable hours and safer working conditions through many strikes and riots (History, 2016). The Great Southwest Railroad Strike of 1886…

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