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I'm certainly not opposed to organized labor but why do people credit the unions 4 the rise of the U.S. Worker?

Wasn't it Henry Ford who started paying employees $5 a day (which was an exorbitant amount at the time) because he wanted more people to compete for the job and thus have more skilled and qualified employees? Therefore his own self-interest benefited the workers too.

Asked By: - 3/1/2011
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Not only that Carnegie paid steel riveters who riveted on top of skyscrapers double the average wages. Child labor was already on the decline when the unions fought to have it abolished (only because children were considered labor competition) Because of new technology there was no need for long work days and long work... More
Answered By: Lastname Comma firstname - 3/1/2011
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shhh, have some kool-aid
Answered By: zhoukies - 3/1/2011
 
Think you need to study a few more history books on the American Labor movement. It's true about Henry Ford but even he was no lover of unions.
Answered By: Dave M - 3/1/2011
 
Ford was a man among men . Today men don't count , only stock prices ..Ford also realized the value of a top quality work force . After all they were building HIS cars ..
Answered By: magick - 3/1/2011
 
better safety conditions working in a factory are number one, better pay and being represented in the event the boss wants to fire you.
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Answered By: USA MALE - 3/1/2011
 
Oh God.
Answered By: Slash - 3/1/2011
 
Unions gave rise to US workers as they were able to leverage standard 8-hr work days instead of the 14-16-hr work days that existed prior to Unions... More
Answered By: sprowlindak - 3/1/2011
 
Ford had more that his fair share of labor problems and he resorted to some tactics that would have gotten him jail time today. The fact is that it was only after unions gained power and started fighting for better working conditions, higher wages and better benefits that working conditions improved for everyone. In... More
Answered By: milton b - 3/1/2011
 
No... More
Answered By: Judy & Charlie - 3/1/2011
 
Shhhhhhhhhhh! Be quiet. You're going to screw union supporters heads up with facts and common sense here if you're not careful.
Answered By: Jimbo - 3/1/2011
 
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