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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkUCz94qHz8 (Links to an external site.)
Compare one specific fact from each story above.
Contrast one specific fact from each story.
Link a theory/concept from Chapter 1 or 3 to either story (Cite page and chapter numbers).
Identify the theory/concept and define/explain it.
Briefly describe its linkage to a specific fact within the story.
Labor Relations Author: Budd Publisher: MCG Edition: 4th
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Issues to consider…
Most of us have preconceived notions of unions and/or labor relations in the US. This course provides us with an opportunity to better understand where and how these ideas were shaped. As such, throughout this semester, I will send you newspaper articles, radio stories, etc. related to labor relations (past and present) and the world around you. As a college student, you are tasked with opening your mind to new ways of thinking about critical issues so that when/if the occasion(s) arises you are positioned to create innovative solutions for tomorrow’s society.
If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.
If I went to work in a factory, the first thing I’d do would be to join a Union.
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
The previous chapter provided a great setup for this chapter. As one may surmise, we are doomed to failure if we totally ignore history. That is not to say that we should blindly accept history as the binding blueprint for tomorrow. Nevertheless, in general, society’s rules and laws do not appear on a whim but rather due to the fact that enough people (in the right places) raised awareness to specific (and perceived or real) wrong-doings. As we will see over the next few weeks, labor relations is not immune to these swings. Early-on (pre-1935), many might say that control was in the hands of the manager. As congress intervened (1935), the pendulum swung from the far right to the far left…placing control in the hands of labor. Interestingly, Budd speaks to the issue of striking a balance. As we will observe next week, several experts would suggest that this “balancing” effort took another 12 years (1947). Nonetheless, this week we focus on the events that led up to 1935.
“The labor struggles of the early 20th century capped the series of turbulent battles between working people and their employers that plagued the nation since the 1870s. These conflicts, and the sense of corporate power was out of control, engendered a growing belief among not only working people, but also middle-class Americans, that the industrial order needed fundamental reform.”
-J Freeman et al.