Norma Rae Essay.
Unions are a tragic benefit. Although it’s complicated; it’s possible. This “tragic benefit” is portrayed very well in the movie Norma Rae. They can be considered tragic because there is fear in the process of a union, furthermore if the process is not complete; the retaliation of the process. Then again it can also be exceedingly beneficial; longer lives, better health, enhanced pay (less poverty), less hours, and restrictions on the manual labor. People are not sure what to make of unions – sometimes their behavior and actions are irrational, some people would just rather stay out of the mix, and others stand up and take action. Ultimately it depends on the person’s beliefs if a union is a tragedy, or a benefit.
The installation of a union could change the small town in north New York forever. It could extend the life expectancy, health, and the over all wealth of the community. Considering the conditions that come with working at the textile mill before the union, it’s a mystery people made it out alive on a daily basis. The mill was extremely loud, dirty, hot, dusty, and cluttered. There is no safety precautions taken for the workers. Their machines are un-covered, so it would be easy to get something stuck or caught on the machine. Furthermore the factory is not taking precautions on providing the workers with earmuffs, earplugs, or safety glasses. They over work the employees to the point where they can barley function, and yet they still want more. The workers give their all just for the measly paycheck at the end of the week. Therefore having a union would help both the workers families, and the workers themselves.
The question is; Why wouldn’t people want a union – it seems so perfect. More support, better hours, better wages and so much more. Unfortunately, the only problem is that the workers are afraid. They are afraid of losing their job, because the few dollars they do get from their paycheck go to; keep their house,...