Were the 50s and 60s turning points for trade union and labour rights?

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  • 50s - 60s
    • 1955 - Merger ALF and CIO: Union unity
      • strengthened the power of trade unions and encouraged solidarity
    • 1961 - 1963: Kennedy's New Frontier
      • Tried to improve some aspects of labour by increasing the minimum wage. However, emplyers failed to keep their promises despite signing the anti-inflammatory agreements which limmited the power of trade unions.
    • 1963 - equal pay act
      • The equal pay act sought to make wages equal and prevent discrimination in the workplace
    • 1968 - Age discrimination in Employment Act BUT responsible 'Responsible unionism'
      • The age discrimination employment act of '68 prevented unfair dismissal of those of an unwanted age.
    • 1963 - 1968: Johnson's Great Society
      • President Johnson's 'Great society' was ore effective at achieving success by creating millions of jobs.

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