History of Labor Unions
Discussion & Essay Questions
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Sample of Discussion & Essay Questions
- Who do you think should make workplace decisions?
- Does productivity depend on a clear chain of command?
- How important is work to the human experience?
- How much does it shape our sense of ourselves?
- Is it a large part of who we are? Or is it just something we do for eight hours a day?
- Is the satisfaction we derive from work connected to the amount of control we have over it?
- Are we more content in our work when we have some input in the workplace?
- Why did workers feel compelled to form unions during the nineteenth century?
- Why not earlier?
- Was this the only way they could match the increased power of large businesses?
- How “American” are unions?
- What American values do they challenge? Do they violate the American belief in individuality?
- What American values do they represent?
- Are unions just trying to bring Americans' democratic philosophies into the workplace? Or are they based on a collectivist idea that is foreign to American ways of thinking?