Trade Unions

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The productive potential of the United States depends upon many factors, including the status of employer-employee relations. Employer-employee relations have improved remarkable over the years, increasing the productivity of the American nation. This increased productivity is due to the increased use of trade unions throughout almost all-major industries (Sloane 495). Trade unions are organizations that represent people at work. Their main purpose is to protect and improve peoples pay and conditions of employment. Unions also campaign for laws and policies that will benefit the working people ("Trade Unions"�). They are intended primarily for the average man and not for those with extraordinary economic capacities. Trade unions exist because an average worker has very little power to influence decisions that are made about his or her job. By joining together with other workers, there is more chance of having a voice and influence (Cohen 45). Trade unions are very influential organizations used by millions of people in a range of different occupations and industries in order to establish democracy and individual well being in the workplace.

In doing this paper I intend to learn how unions established this form of democracy and individual well being by learning the affects of trade unions and the influences they have.

In the early years, the growth of trade unions depended on the basic health of the economy (Sloane 93). The period in which the first unions existed, roughly from 1790 to 1820, was one of important political and economic changes in the new nation. In these years, the experiences of the first labor organizations must be considered as a minor feature, yet, they are very important as a background to a century long struggle of organized labor groups to exist and function correctly (Cohen 47). These early trade unions were not formed...