UNIONS ARE A LOOSE or formal entity whose primary purpose is to promote the ideals and demands of a group of workers. Throughout history and to the present day, unions have acted as a supporting staff in defending the rights of their members, in the midst of economic and social pressures. Unions have mostly been given a reputation as radicals and agitators. This reputation has stemmed from business groups as well as government agencies. In the end, the somewhat leftist ideology of unions has on the whole aided workers to attain their economic and social demands.

A causal factor in the rise of unions is 19th-century industrialization, especially in Europe. In the latter half of the century, the Western European economies underwent a severe economic transformation. ...

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