Names: Javan vallon, Nayellie Rivera, Jonathan Garcia, Nazar Hnatko
Consider Gompers’ classrooms when answering each of the questions that follows. Also think about how apprentices connect to the questions.
- In Gompers’ Autobiography, what apprenticeship skill did he learn?
Answer: Samuel Gompers joined an educational trade-union. He learned economic and social issues to read about and discuss about themselves.
- Was it a difficult skill? Why or why not?
Answer: it was difficult because there were many things wrong with the job sites like the work and tables were not designed to enable the workmen to adjust bodies and arms comfortable to work.
- Given the difficulty of the skill, what was he able to do during work?
Answer: He was able to make a perfectly shaped and rolled product. These things a good cigar maker learned to do more or less mechanically, which left us free to think, talk , listen or sing.
- What does he mean when he says, “mind-freedom”?
Answer: Samuel Gompers means that he has fully learned the skill of a craftsman and has the opportunity to do his work freely with no distractions.
- What sort of relationships did he have with his fellow workers?
Answer: They had a very good relationship because they were all very skilled and worked with each other very well.
- During WWI, Gompers stepped back on his labor demands. What kinds of concessions did he make?
- #1 supported the eight-hour day
- #2 equal pay for equal work
- #3 labor’s right to organized and bargain collectively with employers.
- What important goal did Gompers hope to achieve with these concessions?
- What were some of the organizations Gompers presided over?
- In the speech at the end of the lesson, Gompers talks about “new relations.” Described what they are.
Answer: Samuel wanted new relationships not only between nation to nation but men to men because he wanted everyone to have independence.