This Merit Badge Pamphlet assists Scouts seeking to earn the American Labor Merit Badge.
The labor movement in America seeks to ensure that the civil rights of laborers are protected in the workplace, especially in regard to wages, hours, and working conditions.
While earning this merit badge, Scouts will learn about working people and work-related concerns, including working conditions, workplace safety, hours, wages, seniority, job security, equal-opportunity employment and discrimination, guest workers, automation and technologies that replace workers, unemployment, layoffs, outsourcing, and employee benefits such as health care, child care, profit sharing, and retirement benefits.
Scouts completing the requirements for this merit badge will be able to explain/demonstrate what labor unions are, what they do, and what services they provide to members, understand the concepts of labor, management, collective bargaining, negotiation, union shops, open (non-union) shops, grievance procedures, mediation, arbitration, work stoppages, strikes, and lockouts.
After earning this merit badge, Scouts will also be able to explain what is meant by the adversarial model of labor-management relations, compared with a cooperative-bargaining style.
Earning this merit badge will enable Scouts to explain the term globalization and effects of globalization on the workforce in the United States, including how this global workforce fits into the economic system of this country.