The American Dream Short Story

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Jurgis and his family came to America to live the “American Dream”. After he and his family arrived in Chicago they had very little money because several sales people and criminals scammed them upon their arrival and they also had no jobs. So they ended up sleeping on the streets with several other people. Where they lived in Chicago was very disgusting and filled with corruption. It smelt horrid because their neighborhood was built on a garbage dump. Jurgis and Ona still feel as though they have much potential in this new land. Jurgis goes to the meatpacking plant and immediately finds a job sweeping blood and intestines from massacred cows through a drain, and he is only earning seventeen cents an hour. The work is very troublesome and the…show more content…
Sooner or later Jurgis would become aware of the horrible factory conditions that exploited the workers. He later became a victim himself. Jurgis witnessed the lack of sanitation. Such as: diseased animals mixed with the rest, rats crawling all over the meat, often the factories would hire extra staff just to keep pay down, and finally the incident that I find the most disgusting to happen is people falling into the meat chutes and everybody ignored it and left the people to be packaged like any other ground meat. The family was tricked into faulty business deals which forced everyone in the family to work. One day they saw a house in an advertisement it was very beautiful so they went to look at it. The family decided to buy the house even though it was rent to own . Marija, and Jonas were finally able to find jobs. Ona, Stanislovas and one of the family's children also began to work as well. The family was able to pay the monthly payment. Soon they realize there are secret charges like: they find out that they would be charged an extra interest in the house and they were required to buy house…show more content…
I am going to begin with the pros, so one pro is that unions have power to negotiate higher wages, improve benefits and better working conditions for their members. Another pro is that unionized employees are guaranteed union advocacy in the workplace. The union has the power to determine disciplinary actions. Finally another pro is unions give workers power through a collective voice. Employers have no choice but to make decisions with unions in order to maintain abundance. But there are also cons to unions. One con is union negotiations can lead to wages and other associated costs being boosted to unreasonably high levels. Another con is union protection makes it harder for employers to discipline, terminate, or even promote employees. Last but not least is unions promotes workplace hostility rather than workplace cooperation and collaboration. Although unions can be good there are also
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