AP LANGUAGE SYNTHESIS ASSIGNMENT: ARGUMENTATION SYNTHESIS ESSAY PROMPT Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution labor battles have been a reoccurring issue across the world. In the mid 1800’s to early 1900s the labor battle heated up in America’s cities as workers fought for their rights and corporations fought to keep wages low. To combat the powerful companies, workers united together creating the first labor unions. Since their creation, the unions have grown in members as they fight battles for shorter work days and higher salaries, but organized labor has also created much controversy. Over time, both pros and cons have been identified by supporters and attackers of labor unions. Now, read the accompanying sources about organized labor, then in an essay that synthesizes at least three of the sources for support, defend, challenge, or qualify the following statement. Do not simply quote the sources; instead, choose which ones (a minimum of 3) are most appropriate to bolster your opinion. Also, avoid summarizing the sources. Following each direct and indirect quote, parenthetically identify the source as (Source A), (Source B), etc. Organized labor has become a controversial topic with propionates citing improved quality of workers’ lives while others point to a number of problems, including less productivity. Use at least three sources to support your opinion. SOURCES FOLLOW
"The Pros and Cons of Unions – An Overview for Business Owners and Managers." Gneil. N.p., 12 Apr. 2011. Web. 24 Feb. 2013. .
It’s common knowledge that most business owners would prefer to keep unions out of their businesses. The list of reasons for their anti-union stance is probably familiar to most people, and includes: * Higher wage costs
* Higher benefit costs
* Loss of flexibility in job assignments
* Greater complexity in hiring and firing employees
* The need for collective bargaining and contracts with employees who would otherwise be...