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The Early Labor Movement 1794- 1836 The early labor movement between 1794 and 1836 had many strengths and weaknesses Leadership of skilled workers in the union movement and the increased demand for these workers in the building trades were two of these strengths Also important were the success of strikes for the ten-hour workday and the creation of the Working Mens party The movement also had its weaknesses though The loss of jobs due to new production processes and the employers hostility to organized labor and unions were two of these These strengths and weaknesses come together to define the labor movement One of the things that guaranteed the success of the labor movements was its dominating strengths One of the most important strengths was the leadership of skilled workers during the union movement This is shown by the formation of unions by the cordwainers printers and the mechanics These artisans helped out the movement extremely Also with the success of the Industrial Revolution many new jobs were created in the building trade And of course with the new jobs there comes a need for people to fill the jobs This increased demand for skilled workers helped the economy and was one of the strengths of the early labor movement Another accomplishment of the labor movement was the success of strikes in favor of the ten-hour workday This could not have been accomplished without the help of unions To succeed in this workers of all crafts exploited their bargaining powers The ten-hour workday was won through a series of boycotts and strikes The most dramatic victories were in Philadelphia where the local government set a ten-hour standard workday for all local works The success of the strikes in gained in the ten hour workday led workers to further exploit their powers in order to get better wages and benefits This exercising of powers still happens in todays society One other success in
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