Outline. Capitalism and Class Organizing Labor Power Video Clip Rise and Fall of the Knights of Labor Mandatory assignments, review questions and extra credit good Will return at the end of class One point per question
3. There were many, many workers in the United States who might have been organized into unions. Did the AFL favor skilled or unskilled workers?
Where there workers that AFL unions discriminated against? Why do you think the unions favored some workers over others?
10 workers @ $1 each a day $10
10 workers produce $500 of goods by lunch
Uh-uh. Back to work…10 workers produce another $500 of goods by 8pm
$1000 of Wealth Created
After paying $10 for wages, and $100 for the other costs of production there is $890 left…
WHO GETS THE $890?
AFL sought to address widespread poverty by bargaining better wages…
IWW seeks to change entire structure of economy
You are a (skilled White weaver/unskilled woman, Black,Hispanic or Asian) who works in a Silk factory. You work constantly, and have trouble making ends meet. You are approached by different union organizers and invited to a meeting. You can be fired for just attending a meeting. If you are unskilled, there are many waiting to take your job. Every week, the news is full of stories about workers being killed during strikes.
IWW, AFL…forget about it?