Immigration and Labor: The Economic Aspects of European Immigration to the United States

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CHAPTER XV LABOR ORGANIZATIONS

THE Immigration Commission has made the statement that "the recent immigrant has not, as a rule, affiliated himself with labor unions, unless compelled to do so as a preliminary step toward acquiring work. . . . Where he has united with the labor organizations he has usually refused to maintain his membership for any extended period of time, thus rendering difficult the unionizing of the occupation or industry in which he has been engaged." This assertion could be proved only by a statistical study of the membership of labor organizations. It is a characteristic fact that with a Federal Bureau of Labor and a number of State labor bureaus we have no compilation of the total number of organized workers in the United States for a series of years.1 A great deal of information on the subject is scattered in the published reports of labor conventions. The inevitable gaps could be supplied from the records of labor organizations. The Immigration Commission, however, made no effort to secure statistics of union membership in a systematic way from official sources, but confined its inquiries in the main to the heads of the households covered by its investigation. The report of the Commission contains data concerning 3325 trade unionists, whereas the total membership of labor organizations in the United States was estimated for 1910 at 2,625,000.2 The reports of the Commission contain a few fragmentary data on the membership of labor organizations, apparently obtained from their

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1
Reports of the Industrial Commission, vol. xvii., p. xviii.
2
New York Labor Bulletin, September, 1911, p. 418.

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