This article originally appeared on StephenKoppekin.net on Dec. 27, 2017. Crippling unemployment, low wages, and labor uncertainty characterized workers’ lives during the torturous years of the Great Depression. Although President Franklin. D Roosevelt’s New Deal created jobs and relief programs for millions of Americans, by 1940, the unemployment rate stood at 15% across the country and … More History of the Labor Movement: Labor and WWII
This article originally appeared on stephenkoppekin.net on Nov. 7, 2017. For countless entrepreneurs, working with employees is one of the major highlights of owning and operating their own business. However, with the advantages of employing workers come serious responsibilities and laws to follow, so employers should do everything in their power to make sure that … More A Crash Course in Eight Areas of Employer-Employee Relations: Part One
This article was originally published on stephenkoppekin.net on Oct. 31, 2017. At the turn of the 20th century, industrial expansion was the apple of America’s eye. Factories churned out products from silverware to guns to cars at a breakneck pace. A web of railroads tied the country together. Cities began to expand not just out, … More The Steel Strike of 1919
This article originally appeared on stephenkoppekin.net on July 25, 2017. While their methods may be fundamentally similar, public and private unions each serve a distinct realm of the economy. Private unions represent the interests of workers in the private sector, which is made up of members who work in non-governmental industries. These unions seek to … More Public vs Private Unions: What’s the Difference?
Air traffic controllers have one of the most important yet difficult jobs in the world: They maintain order and the flow of air traffic, safely guiding planes across the tarmac and issuing instructions about where and when they should take off or land. Prior to 1981, air traffic controllers were represented by a union known … More The Air Traffic Controllers’ Strike of 1981
In the early 1900s, the most widespread method for heating homes was by burning anthracite coal–also known as “hard” coal–which could be found in abundance in Pennsylvania. The coal mining industry employed hundreds of thousands of workers, and by the turn of the twentieth century, many of them had organized into unions, such as the … More Looking Back on the Great Coal Strike of 1902
Stephen Koppekin has specialized in resolving and negotiating employment issues for over forty years, using his vast knowledge of comparative economics, law, and dispute resolution to support him. Stephen enjoys writing about the latest labor topics on his websites. — The Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors and Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive … More Executive Orders Change Requirements for Federal Government Workers
Apprenticeship programs are a great way to prepare workers to compete in today’s changing economy. Are you considering creating an apprenticeship program for your business? Read on to make sure you’re creating the best apprenticeship program possible. … More Creating an Apprenticeship Program the Right Way