Merit Unions                      

"Merit Unions with a 1%/year tenure - With an emphasis on work, safety and results. In Georgia it is better to have some kind of union than no union."
Labor unions represent employees during negotiations with employers. Unions assist workers in getting better pay, benefits and increased safety on the job. Employees gained the right to form labor unions in the National Labor Relations Act of 1935. Membership in a labor union is voluntary and they exist in the United States for nearly every profession.The history of labor unions in the U.S. began long before the Civil War, but mostly comprised the last 120 years when the AFL (now AFL-CIO) and the railroad brotherhood built strong permanent unions. The American Federation of Labor was founded in 1886 by Samuel Gompers as a national federation of skilled workers union. Union growth was rapid in the 1900-1918 period thanks to support from the national government and working arrangements with business.American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)represents approximately 12.2 million workers in many vocations including police officers and firefighters, pilots and farm workers.  Members of the affiliated labor unions are also members of the AFL-CIO.  This important union works to pass legislation that supports raising the minimum wage, investing tax money into education and improving social security and retirement programs for workers. [1]

Reference--
2012--12-20
"The Labor Union Movement in America"
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