Labor Union Policy - Political Parties and Stances

The labor movement in the United States grew out of the need to protect the common interest of workers. For those in the industrial sector, organized labor unions fought for better wages, reasonable hours, and safer working conditions. Labour Unions are simply “an organized association of workers, often in a trade or profession, formed to protect and further their rights and interests.” The point of contention between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to labor unions is whether or not they have a positive or negative effect on the American economy. Around three-quarters of Democrats (74%) say labor unions have a positive effect on the way things are going in the country, whereas Republicans and GOP leaners who say unions have a positive effect have fallen to 34%. This same sentiment is mirrored in the legislative branch, where House Bill 842, which was proposed to expand various labor protections related to employees’ rights to organize and collectively bargain in the workplace by way of labor unions, passed with 220 Yea votes from the Democrats and 206 Nay votes from the Republicans.

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