The world in which workers lived influenced their efforts to organize. Employers needed constant production to satisfy consumer demand in boom times. In bad economic times, jobs disappeared and workers suffered. Wars forced employers and workers to compromise. Immigration added cheap labor to the marketplace. Social change movements made people more aware of unfair or unsafe practices. All of these factors and more played a role in the rise of organized labor. Some of these factors contributed to the decline of unions. Follow the timelines to see what happened.
In 2001, the Monroe County Council CIO Social and Welfare Association created a plan for the adaptive re-use of the historic Philip Murray building. Association leadership decided to create a labor history museum at this location, dedicated to the preservation and display of artifacts documenting the rich labor heritage of Monroe County and Michigan. It was also founded to educate the general public, area students, and members and family of organized labor on the role of area activities in the history and future of the American labor movement. Watch the video to learn more.
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