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    Review and reflect on the topic of union structure.

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    How does current practice differ, if at all, from historical structures and governance?
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    How does current practice differ, if at all, from historical structures and governance?

    In reference to the structures of unions in the United States of America, (you) have to look at the historical structure of unions to gain perspective on their current state wherein they have evolved to adapt and adjust to current realities. Therefore, I will first provide an overview of the history of unions and their structure to provide more in-depth insight into how they arrived at their current state and structure. For the majority of time that unions have existed, their structure has relied upon a governance structure that was predicated upon the use of minority unions, who would bestow affirmation to delegates. This structure was rooted into how unions came into existence, which was as a result of the necessity to form against the intrusion of workers who did not possess the craft or skills that these workers possessed. Therefore, unions emerged to restrict entry as well as to enforce workplace standards by employers who were not adhering to the standards of safety and care for employees.

    These were known as craft unions, and they emerged in the early 1800s, but because there weren't many companies nor many employees, the scope and breadth of these early unions is limited to the discussion about the governance structure of unions throughout history. The reason that this is important to note is because these craft unions established the first entrance into unionization by different trades and crafts, and once these crafts and trades began to work together as a cohesive worker's movement, they would establish the governance structure that would impact their social, political, human rights, and economic well-being.

    The structure that would dominate unions for over 100 years began to emerge in the 1830s, which is the time when employees who hailed from different crafts, trades, and industries such as the primary industries during the height of the industrial revolution, began to establish labor organizations that would dominate the governance structure of labor unions. These employees worked in industries such as the railroad, mining, and other major industrial powers wherein employees were often exploited and subjected to abhorrent working conditions. These unions or labor organizations were primarily located in the large industrial cities on the East Coast such as Boston and New York, and because this was the industrial hub for industrialists and manufacturing, the creation of unions in these cities was a significant turning point for the governance structure of unions. ...

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