Boy Scout Merit Badge
- Do ONE of the following:
- Develop a time line of significant history of the American labor
movement from the 1770's to today.
- Prepare an exhibit or a scrapbook illustrating three major achievements
of the American labor movement.
- In 500 words or more, write about one of the founders of organized labor
in the United States.
- In 500 words or more, write how the work force fits into the economic
system of the United States.
- Check with some news sources where you live -- public library, federal,
state, county, or municipal employment office; labor union office -- for
information about working people and their concerns. Discuss your findings
with your counselor.
- Discuss with your counselor how you would lead a discussion on the subject
of worker concerns about job-related issues. Issues should be related to the
workplace (safety, job assignments, seniority, wages, child care, etc.).
- With the help of your counselor, prepare an exhibit or scrapbook
illustrating ONE of the following:
- Issues that concern American workers
- Federal and state labor laws showing how these laws affect American
- Current issues you have learned about from a national union or employee
- Visit the office or attend a meeting of a local union, an AFL-CIO labor
council, or an independent employee organization. Talk with some people there
and find out what the organization does. Draw a diagram of the organizational
structure of the association you visited from the local to the national level,
- Be prepared to define and discuss some of the key terms used in labor
- With help from your counselor, determine some of the basic rights and
responsibilities that members of unions, employee organizations, and those not
belonging to a collective association have.
- With help from your counselor, chart a comparison of wages, benefits, and
working conditions in a union shop and a nonunion shop in the same industry.
- Discuss why it is important to maintain good relationships among business,
labor, and government. Describe to your counselor what can happen when these
relationships get out of balance.
- Discuss with your counselor the different goals that may exist with owners
of a business, its stockholders, its customers, its employees, the employees'
representatives, the community, and public officials. Explain why agreements
and compromises are made and how they affect each group in attaining its
BSA Advancement ID#: 121
Source: Boy Scout
Requirements, #33215E, revised 2002