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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?