Essay about Labor Party in the U.S.

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Labor Party in the U.S.

Many people are convinced that most American working-class people will never choose to support any labor-oriented party today. Looking back at the history of labor organizations in America, one can begin to understand this traditional opposition to unions or labor parties despite the benefits it may have provided. The workers themselves organize in order to gain a measure of respect, better their standard of living and achieve some stability in employment. They do not join unions to maintain the union or a union-based party.

Even during the late 1800s, the American public viewed unions with mistrust and uncertainty. It appeared to the American people that the labor unions were fighting for better working
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The New York World in 1894 reported that the strike was like a "war against the government and society."

The public perceived these types of movements by unions as though those strikers were in chaos and did not care about any laws. Due to the chaotic violence brought about through the strikes, the public saw this as an act of anarchy and resented the strikes all together. Besides, most American workers were generally better off than workers in Europe and had more hope of improving their lives. For this reason, the majority did not join labor unions.

At this time, many workers in Europe were joining revolutionary labor movements that advocated the abolition of capitalism and the establishment of a new socialist economic system. Most American workers, however, followed the lead of Samuel Gompers, with his highly pragmatic approach to problems of labor. They strove to organize strong unions so that they could demand a greater share in the wealth that they helped to produce. They were not interested in destroying the economic structure of the country but in making it work more effectively for their benefit.

Gompers believed that unions should be primarily concerned with the day-to-day welfare of their members and

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