An Introduction to the Study of Organized Labor in America

An Introduction to the Study of Organized Labor in America

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An Introduction to the Study of Organized Labor in America

An Introduction to the Study of Organized Labor in America

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"This that they call the organization of labor is the universal vital problem of the world." -- Carlyle.

"Do not let anyone mislead you into the belief that the day of the union is over. It is not over. It is the very foundation upon which the whole superstructure of individual liberty will one day be reared." -- Kier Hardy.

"The labor movement is the labor question, and the labor question, concretely stated, is the effort of wage-workers to secure a higher standard of living. It is their struggle upward. How to secure the ends for which the struggle is instituted is probably the great question of the day." -- Carroll D. Wright.

"A long study of the history of labor has convinced me that trade unions are not only the best friends of the workmen, but the best agency for the employer and the public, and that to the extension of these associations political economists and statesmen must look for the solution of some among the most pressing and the most difficult problems of our own time." -- Thorold Rogers.

Mono: "I am not defending; much less denying; I am explaining."

Any study of organized labor must recognize at the outset two serious difficulties. The first grows out of the very large number of activities to be taken into account and the necessary limitation of space that is imposed by a written description. This necessitates selection and rejection. To make these choices some standards must be adopted and standards are very largely matters of personal judgment. What to include and what to omit is quite as difficult to decide as it is to determine how to deal with the topics selected.

The second difficulty grows out of the fact that these organizations are living, acting and therefore changing. This fact greatly increases the burden of an undertaking that would, even otherwise, be far from easy. Changes at times are rapid as well as unexpected. Many are trivial, of secondary importance only . . .

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