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Ever since the dawn of time it has been the tendency of workers to try and better their conditions the slaves in Egypt wanted to change the way they were treated as did the slaves in the Americas It has also been the tendency of employers to try and get more for less They want the most work and productivity from employees with the least amount of pay on their behalf It is now the trend for workers in the auto industry to form unions to help them in their fight for better working conditions Unions date back to the days of the American Revolution when journeymen blacksmiths formed pacts to help each other receive better pay on jobs they performed and prevent underbidding on jobs Since those days many unions have been formed and they have helped a great many people The best known and most influential of which is the United Auto Workers or UAW Autoworkers had it rough before the days of the unions They worked oppressive schedules which usually ran from January through September and maybe even October During those months they would work long hours with very little reward It was not uncommon for them to clock up to 16 hours a day Occasionally they would come to work and get sent home with no pay Their foremen ran their lives If a foreman wanted his car washed on a Sunday workers would have to do it Whatever the foremen said was law no matter how unfair or unjust it was If workers didnt do what a foreman said they could face unemployment During the working months of January through September workers would bust their backs to perform their jobs most of them not being able to perform their duties past the age of 35 During the months of October through December workers would be let go for the retooling period so they were unemployed at that time They
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