Changes to the Labor Movement
The 1920s had a big impact on the labor movement, but a negative impact. The graph above shows the decrease in union memberships and unions as percent of nonfarm emplyees. Over the decade, the number of union memberships has dropped from 5 million to 3.5 million, which is a dramatic drop. Reasons union memberships declined was because much of the workers consisted of immigrants who were willing to work in poor condition, it was hard to organized people because of the muti languages people spoke, past farmers who moved to the cities relied on themselves, and most unions excluded African Americans. Less than 1% of African American joined unions and a little over 3% of white had union ships.