Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
History of Labor Unions
History of Labor Unions
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Connecting History of Labor Unions to Current Events & Pop Culture

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Labor Movements Pre-1970 Were More Militant

An article published in the New York Times in April 2009 considers the relative non-militancy of the American labor movement since 1970 in comparison to more militant movements earlier in American history and in European countries today.


Excerpt

Excerpt: “Two weeks earlier, more than a million workers in France demonstrated against layoffs and the government’s handling of the economic crisis, and in the last month alone, French workers took their bosses hostage four times in various labor disputes. When General Motors recently announced huge job cuts worldwide, 15,000 workers demonstrated at the company’s German headquarters. But in the United States, where G.M. plans its biggest layoffs, union members have seemed passive in comparison. They may yell at the television news, but that’s about all. Unlike their European counterparts, American workers have largely stayed off the streets, even as unemployment soars and companies cut wages and benefits.”