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Labor Issues

Labor unions in the United States formed due to worker concerns about rising production demands, increased hours, decreasing pay and unsafe working conditions that emerged during the Industrial Revolution. Today, many of the same labor issues remain. NPR's Tony Cox talks with Patricia Ford, the international executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union. Cox also talks with William Lucy, the international secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.



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