It began on October 24,and was the most devastating stock market crash in the history of the United States. Much of the stock market crash can be attributed to exuberance and false expectations. In the years leading up tothe rising stock market prices had created vast sums of wealth for those invested, in turn encouraging borrowing to further buy more stock. However, on October 24 Black Thursdayshare prices began to fall and panic selling caused prices to fall sharply.
The first identifiable labour strike dates fromwhen journeymen tailors in New York City stopped work to resist a pay cut. Sustained labour organization began with the Federal Society of Journeymen Cordwainers shoemakers in Philadelphia in In Canadathese developments were slower to emerge: The first national union of locals in a single trade to survive, the National Typographical Union, was formed in in the United States.
Like other national unions that followed, it chartered locals in Canada as well; this led to its renaming in as the International Typographical Union —a designation that became common in North American unionism.
Rooted as it was in the preindustrial trades, this early trade unionism did not lose its essential craft character with the onset of industrialization.
Mule spinners, molders, machinists, and iron puddlers and rollers were employing new skills, and they functioned in a factory contextbut they had much the same collective concerns as did traditional craftsmen and fitted readily into the emergent trade-union structure.
But job consciousnesspowerful though it was, by no means constituted the sole, or even predominant, inspiration for collective activity. Historical research on working-class life has demonstrated that labour consciousness was a complex phenomenon, rooted in distinctive structures of culturecommunityand ideology as well as in craft identity.
American workers of the Jacksonian era adhered to a conception of artisan republicanism, which celebrated producerist values and the republican ideals of the American Revolution. But contemporaries saw no contradiction here: While the two were accepted as strands of a single labour movement, however, it was well understood that they were strands that had to be kept operationally apart.
During the s, that functional separation began to break down. The international craft unionshaving by now emerged as the dominant element in the trade-union structure, became less tolerant of challenges to their jurisdictions and internal lines of authority.
For its part, despite a robust labour-reform rhetoricthe Knights of Labor began to act increasingly like a rival trade-union movement, carrying on strikes and organizing workers along industrial rather than craft lines. When the Knights rejected a proposal reaffirming the historic separation of trade-union and labour-reform functions, the alarmed internationals joined in December and formed the American Federation of Labor AFL.
But more important in the long run was the permanent stamp that the AFL made on the American labour movement.
This was partly institutional: Labour reform was thenceforth denied any further role in the struggle of American workers. The weapons in that struggle were to be defined as economic and not political; the participants would be strictly wage workers organized along occupational lines; and the objective of trade unionism became exclusively the incremental achievement of higher wages and better working conditions.
In Canada these American events had very considerable consequences. Given the sparse settlement and small industrial base, Canadian unions found it difficult to build a national structure of their own.
An attempt initiated by the Toronto Trades Assembly in soon failed. It was also natural, given the colonial afterdominion ties to Britain, for Canadian workers to look to English unions, and at least two groups—the carpenters and engineers—in fact built up sizable Canadian memberships after But the much more compelling links were to the United States, partly because labour markets in many skilled trades ignored the national boundaries and partly because the American unions were the readiest source of institutional assistance.
By the end of the s, as many as half the organized workers in Canada were in locals affiliated to internationals with headquarters in the United States.
For some years, the TLC followed its own bent. The Knights of Labor had been highly successful in Canada, notably in Quebec. After virtually disappearing from the United States in the early s, the Knights remained a considerable force in Canada, and, although strictly excluded from the AFL, were made welcome in the TLC.
As late asmoreover, its president was proposing that the Canadian branches break their links with the internationals, form their own national unions, and turn the TLC into a wholly Canadian movement. But in just the opposite transpired. The TLC expelled the Knights and adopted the AFL principle of opposition to dual unionism, which meant that the Canadian branches of the internationals gained a virtual monopoly on trade-union representation in the TLC.
It became, in effect, the Canadian wing of the American movement. Responding to Canadian political conditions, the TLC was somewhat more flexible than the AFL on issues of independent labour politics and state intervention, but, on the whole, American pure-and-simple unionism exerted the commanding influence on Canadian unionism in these years.
Only in Quebec did a very different tradition assert itself. Here, following a lockout of boot and shoe workers inthe Roman Catholic church stepped in and, in accordance with the papal encyclical Rerum Novarumencouraged the unionization of Quebec workers.The Great Republic: Presidents and States of the United States of America, and Comments on American History.
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