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Labor unions are groups or clubs of workers and employees who bondtogether to get good working conditions fair pay and fair hours for theirlabor For example in a newspaper all the people who work thepresses might all belong to one union All of the artists who areresponsible for the artistic layout might belong to another These unionsare usually joined together and most unions in America are some branchof the largest labor union organization in the United States the AFL-CIOThe unions of the workers at a certain business or factory might gettogether with the management for a period of time to talk about acontract This time is known as negotiation The union will tell themanagement what it wants its workers getting paid and then themanagement will tell the union what it can pay the workers and still beearning a reasonable profit They bargain and it usually works out Mostbusinesses and corporations have eight-hour work days with optionalextra hours This is not usually a topic in negotiations but could be Working conditions could be discussed If workers in the factory haveno heat no lunch breaks or they are not allowed to speak which was thecase in many sweatshops for immigrants and children in the 1920sthrough 1940s then the labor unions will obviously want somethingdone These differences are usually settled fairly quicklyand a newcontract featuring these agreements will be realized Most contracts arein operation for about 3 to 5 years Then negotiations begin again Thisis how labor-management relations go in a perfect world But obviously this is not always the case Sometimesthe unionswant unrealistic wages They might stress extreme luxuries that thecompany cannot provide for working conditions Or the managementmay be stubborn and unwilling to give up a large percentage of the profitin a good year Or maybe both sides are seemingly in the right and anagreement can not be met Whatever the case maybe after the setnegotiation has been passed and a contract has not been
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