The Development of Labor Unions

  • The National Trades Union

    The National Trades Union
    The first national union that was founded in 1834
  • Commonwealth V. Hunt

    Commonwealth V. Hunt
    a massachusets court that ruled that unions were legal.
  • American Federation of Labor

    American Federation of Labor
    a federation founded by Samuel Gompers, organized skilled workers by crafts. They faught for higher wages, shorter hours , and improved working conditions through collective barganing.
  • The Homestead Strike

    The Homestead Strike
    Steel workers in homestead, pennsylvania struck against the carnegir steel plant because the company had redused wages,the homestead strike of 1892 became violent when the steel company hired private police to protect strike breakers. in the ensuing confrontation, nine strikers and seven police officers were killed
  • Pullman Company [strike]

    Pullman Company [strike]
    workers at the Pullman Company, which manufactured sleeping and dining cars, went of strike because their wages had been cut, Acting out of sympathy for the pullman workers, conductors and engineers of the American Railway Union refused to handle trains with Pullman cars attached.A federal judge orderd to strikers back to work, and when they refused, President Grover Cleveland sent in federal troops. the ensuing violence turned public opinion against the strikers,and their president, were jailed
  • The International Workers of the World (wobblies]

    The International Workers of the World (wobblies]
    The International Workers of the World was organised in 1905 for unskilled workers and immigrants, advocated one large national union that would use strikes and sabotage to achieve its goals as opposed to the more peaceful American Federation of Labor.
  • The Clayton Act

    The Clayton Act
    an act that passed in 1914, that allowed picketing and limited the use of injunctions in labor disputes
  • National Labor Relations Act

    National Labor Relations Act
    known as the Wagner Act, it was protected by the rights of workers to organize and elect representatives for collective bargaining. Also in this year the CIO, Congress of Industrial Organization, was formed by several AFL unions to promote unionism in industry
  • Fair Labor Standards Act

    Fair Labor Standards Act
    act established a minimum wage (25 cents an hour) and time and a half for over forty hours of work a week.
  • Fair Labor Act

    Fair Labor Act
    an amendment that prohibited child labor
  • AFL and CIO

    AFL and CIO
    AFL and CIO merges