Highs, Lows, and the Future of Organized Labor
American workers face serious challenges in the Twenty-First Century. Millions of good-paying jobs have been eliminated by the use of computers and robots. They have been outsourced to foreign lands with cheap labor. Membership in labor unions as a percentage of total workers has declined as jobs are lost. Once again, all American workers must deal with hard times. The labor movement has always responded to the ups and downs of the economy,. Union membership has risen and fallen over the last two hundred years. The union cause and the success of American business have both been hurt by corruption and criminal activity. Union members must be held to high ethical and performance standards.
The struggle to achieve the American Dream never changes for the working class. Globalization has turned the American Dream into a world dream. Throughout history and now throughout the world, workers and their unions will continue to fight to improve their lives.
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