Before the modern age, nations were established by monarchies, by empires rule by men and women of noble blood. But in the 21st century kingdoms and fiefdoms were replaced by democratic governments that believe in the ideals of free market economics. From the point of view of entrepreneurs this means that it is a good time to invest and to put up businesses knowing that they can expect freedom from government intervention.
But from the point of view of laborers, this can mean that they are at the mercy of unscrupulous management. Thus, it would be advantageous for them to organize themselves and establish labor unions. Overview Labor unions are already a part of the economic landscape at about the same time as the Industrial Revolution. Workers had to organize themselves so that they can find strength in numbers and in unity.
It is a part of human nature to develop social groups and therefore it should not come as a surprise that the workers, employees, or laborers working in the same industry will band together to discuss common interests as well as to create a political force that will not be ignored by the government as well as the politicians that they help elect to office. Arguably labor unions became very popular and became a part of the American consciousness when in 1882 some 10, 000 workers assembled in New York City to participate in the first ever Labor Day parade.
The event was initiated by Peter McGuire, a carpenter and labor union leader (The Library of Congress, 2009). In 1894 Congress made Labor Day a national holiday (The Library of Congress, 2009). Thus, every first Monday of September workers all over the country will not only celebrate the fact that they are laborers working in the land of promise called America but they also come together to air their grievances and discuss other issues that will help them become more productive and more prosperous in the coming years.
When the workers in a particular factory or manufacturing facility organize themselves into labor unions they are simply trying to behave responsibly. A solitary worker has very little chance of being taken seriously. But a group of workers with one voice and with one goal can easily be heard. It will be hard for management not to notice a significant number of their workers unhappy with their work. Strength in numbers as well as the capability to express a common objective is something that can easily be tackled as compared to the individual problems and individual desires of each employee.
It is high time to organize and join labor unions. There are at least two major reasons: 1. There is an existing global financial crisis and workers must use every leverage they have in order to hold on to their jobs and be assured that they will continue to receive the same type of benefits agreed by management and the employees; and 2. Union workers have better benefits as compared to non-union workers.