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Labor Essay

381 words - 2 pages

Cassandra Rollins
HIS125: Labor Assessment Assignment
Linda Rhoades-Swartz: Instructor
February 1, 2015

Write a 350-word essay in which you do the following:
•Identify what you think to be one of the most significant strikes of the late 1800s or early 1900s.
•Describe what it accomplished and what it failed to accomplish.
The Homestead Strike was one of the most famous strikes that happen in the late 1800s. This is an example of the struggle between labor union and business owners. In some cases, as at the Homestead, the ...view middle of the document...

The Labor Union which was called Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers was highly upset about the pay drop that was going to happen. Because the price of steel was dropping the pay was going to be reduced. The Union member and most other workers decided to have a meeting and they all decided to go on strike because they felt that they did too much for their pay to drop. When the manager decided to hired armed guards to protect the company from the strikers the whole situation became violent. They were also trying to protect the workers that they hired to replace the strikers. Not long after the armed guards appeared the violent quickly approach; guns battle quickly came between the armed guards and the strikers, ten people were killed (including strikers and guards) and many more were injured.
The governor from Pennsylvania decided to send in soldier to prevent the situation from getting any worst. The still replace the strikers with new workers and there was not anything that the strikers can do about it. The strike ended up being a failure and after fighting for four months a lot of the strikers decided to cave in and accept the pay cut and continue to work for the steel mill. But most of the striker quit the union altogether.

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