Labor Pains The Struggles of Workers in the Gilded Age
Focus Question: • If you have troubles with a teacher at school, describe the most appropriate way to address these troubles:
Objectives: • After today’s lesson, students will: • Identify the chief grievances of labor in the Gilded Age • Discuss approaches to correct these grievances
Trouble for Workers • Growth of Big Business led to abuses • Entrepreneurs gained wealth • Workers’ wages did not grow • Business practices led to unsafe workplaces • Workers’ grievances mounted
Major Grievances • Low Wages • Long Hours • Unsafe conditions • Loss of autonomy • Child Labor • Company Towns
Organized Labor • Workers organized into Unions to fight for workplace rights • Collective Bargaining • Higher wages and less hours • End to child labor • Greater voice in the workplace • Mixed Success
Summary • Summarize three things learned in class today.