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Trade Unions - an Opportunity to Engage their Employers

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The lifeline to unions’ activities was born in Connecticut in 1936 when Thompsonville Capet Manufacturing filed a legal suit against some labour leaders accusing them of causing gross damages to the company by instructing workers not work and subsequently influencing others to follow (Travel and History Blog Para. 5). In the ruling, the presiding judge in the Connecticut court acquitted labour leaders when the judge observed that soliciting for combined efforts to agitate for an increase in wages did not amount or translate to illegal activities (Travel and History Blog Para.

5). The case and its aftermath ruling formed the basis for future union activities that saw the legalization of the ten-hour work Act among many states.   The Commonwealth of Connecticut again became the pioneer in the struggle for recognition of labourer needs and child labour laws. This was due to landmark legal rule in the Commonwealth vs. Hunt case, in the highest court of Massachusetts. In the ruling, the presiding judge gave unions’ lifeline when a decision was made to legally recognize unions and banned use of conspiracy doctrine on unions’ activities (Chaison p. 2).

At the same time, there was the passage of first child labour law in 1836 where the ban was put on the employment of children aged fifteen years and below (Travel and History Blog Para. 7). Labour organizing started to take place at an accelerated speed and in 1869, there was the formation of Order of the Knights of Labor. The Period 1880s-1920s This was the period for the industrial revolution in America. Industry growth was on the rise and demand for work was increasing, as urbanization became the order of the day.

Immigration was also at its highest order especially of unskilled labourers to most of USA industrial towns. Working conditions in the majority of industries were poor as employers initiated systematic activities of wage reduction, non-improvement of working conditions, and rampant mistreatment of workers (Travel and History Blog Para. 11). As a result, the period was characterized by increased chaos by workers ranging from destructions, burning and sometimes killing of employers.    

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