American Labor Movements and Unions
The Great Railroad Strike of 1877
John D. Rockefeller
Knights of Labor
Pullman, Illinois: A Company Town
Labor Unions Today in America
Today, unions continue to serve the same purpose for which they were originally founded. Current union agendas include increasing wages, raising the standard of living for the working class, ensuring safe working conditions, and increasing benefits for both workers and their families. Unions are important because most corporations focus on creating profits at the expense of employees. Today and in the future, labor unions will continue to play an important role in our country’s work force and the quality of life for working families.