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Labor Unions in the Workforce

These sites provide an overview of labor unions in the U.S. workforce. They look at the pros and cons of unions; how unions affect the employment rate; and a pay scale comparison between union and nonunion workers. Includes informative articles, a lesson plan, and videos.

Grades

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  • 6

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Gain a broad overview of the pros and cons of labor unions. NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes a discussion board. (forum, message board, etc.)
Explore more pros and cons of labor unions. Areas covered include: compensation, productivity, equality, employment, and noneconomic effects.
Learn about labor unions including what they are, how they began, pros and cons, as well as resources about unions in America. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This report, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, compares union and nonunion earnings among blue-collar and service occupations. NOTE: This text may be too advanced for younger students, but there is good background information for teachers.
This article summarizes finding published by the BLS NAtional Compensation Survey regarding union versus nonunion wages. NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes a link to a discussion board. (forum, message board, etc.) NOTE: This text may be too advanced for younger students, but there is good background information for teachers.
This report looks at the differences in health care benefits and pensions between union and nonunion workers. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This site includes resources for teachers and students, plus additional resources relating to Labor Unions in America. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Look at how labor unions affect jobs and the economy. NOTE: This text may be too advanced for younger students, but there is good background information for teachers.
This article explores why labor unions are still relevant in today's society. NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes a link to a discussion board. (forum, message board, etc.)
This lesson explores the differences between the average hourly earnings of union and nonunion workers in select occupations in 2009. NOTE: This content may be a little advanced for younger students, but there is good background information for teachers.
This news feature from 1987 explores whether unions are on their way out. (Total Running Time: 8:07) NOTE: This site includes a discussion board. (forum, message board, etc.)
This video by the UFCW Local 324 gives a brief history of unions in the United States.
Bill O'Reilly shares his perspective on labor unions. (Total Running Time: 0:59) NOTE: This site includes a discussion board. (forum, message board, etc.)
Then Senator, now President, Barack Obama speaks on why he believe in unions while campaigning for office. (Total Running Time: 3:11) NOTE: This site includes a discussion board. (forum, message board, etc.)
The Real News show explores unionization in America. (Total Running Time: 11:12) NOTE: This site includes a discussion board. (forum, message board, etc.)

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