The rights of workers and their representation within the workplace is a major step that was initiated with various pioneers within the labor sector years ago to bring to place various privileges that current employees are enjoying. The article discusses some of the issues that workers in the past were forced to endure within the place of work and the infringement of their rights since they lacked a representative to offer them an advantage against employers. The emergence of union activists and their lobbying for more union representations for workers put in motion the various changes in the work environment that led to the nationwide establishment of a union for workers (Gordon 357). With the establishment of unions came the development of regulations that also acted as barriers to infringement of workers by the employers. These were under the section 8 of the policy titled the rights of workers.
One predicament, however, that the article points out was the position that the African-Americans were put into with the establishment of these rules and standards. An African-American promoted in his her role within a workplace felt compelled to side with his White employer rather than protest for changes in regulations to their benefit. The fear of losing the job or even the monthly if not weekly earning to support himself and his family placed a huge burden on the side they would take. Therefore, even with the breakthrough that the establishment of the CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations) was making in regulating the powers exercised by employers, it was not offering an equal opportunity system that would benefit all the workers rather than only a few percentages. The rights of women and their position within the work area in relation to men was also another major concern that the article discusses.
Gordon, C. “race, gender, and the rise of CIO.” Major Problems in American History, 1920-1945. Boston, MA.: Houghton Mifflin, 1999. 355-367. Print.