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American Labor Merit Badge C) Prerequisites - Scouts
Work to be done prior to program start:

    Print Merit Badge Workbook
    One copy for each scout. And don't forget to have ready your Merit Badge Blue Card - (home printer version.)

    Req #1: Labor Issues List
    Prepare a list of what you think are the top 8 labor issues of today. Explain why each one is important.

    Req #7: Open Issue Debate
    Choose a labor issue of widespread interest to American workers. Prepare an argument to support both sides of the issue debated.

    Req #2: Labor Union Contact
    Only if Not Doing Field Trip

    Contact (via email) a labor organization (ie: local union, a central labor council, or an employee organization). Prepare a report for presentation on the following questions.

    • Find out what the organization does.
    • Find out which issues are of greatest interest or concern to them and why.
    • Ask for a diagram showing how the organization is structured, from the local to the national level, if applicable.

    Req #5d: Biographical Report
    Study and report on someone who has made a contribution to the American labor movement.


American LaborMerit Badge D) Study Hall

The purpose of this section is to facilitate an opportunity for scouts to research and learn about key concepts relevant to this subject. They need to be prepared to explain these to the counselor.

While some scouts may be adept at self-study, others may do better in a small group setting and taking notes on worksheets. You can facilitate discussion by asking them why each of the principles intruduced here would be relevant.

    Req #1: Major Labor Concerns -
    Discussion: Learn about working people and work-related concerns. List and briefly describe or give examples of at least EIGHT concerns of American workers.
    Chart #1: Common Labor Issues

    Req #3: Major Labor Definitions -
    Discussion: xplain to your counselor what labor unions are, what they do, and what services they provide to members.
    Chart #3: Common Labor Terms

    Labor Management Discussion
    Req #4: Labor-Management Relations - Explain what is meant by the adversarial model of labor-management relations, compared with a cooperative-bargaining style.
    Req #6: Globalization - Explain the term globalization. Discuss with your counselor some effects of globalization on the workforce in the United States. Explain how this global workforce fits into the economic system of this country.
    Req #8: Business Goals - What goals may motivate the owners of a business, its stockholders, its customers, its employees, the employees' representatives, the community, and public officials.

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E) Patrol Activity
The scout should prepare ahead to make the following presentations to his group:

Req #2: Labor Organization Interview
When Not Doing Field Trip

Scout Report - See Prerequisites:


American Labor Merit Badge F) Field Trip

    Req #2: Labor Union Visit
    Visit a labor organization (ie: local union, a central labor council, or an employee organization). (If not doing the Field Trip then see Patrol Activity above.) While there discuss the following questions:

    • Find out what the organization does.
    • Find out which issues are of greatest interest or concern to them and why.
    • Ask for a diagram showing how the organization is structured, from the local to the national level, if applicable.


American Labor Merit Badge G) Program Debriefing
Items to review in meeting after the Field Trip or Patrol Activity.

    Req #5: Labor History Report
    Scout Report - See Prerequisites: His report may be one of the following:

    • a. Historical Timeline
    • b. Scrapbook Exhibit
    • c. Labor Movie Report
    • d. Biographical Report

    Req #7: Labor Union Debate
    Choose a labor issue of widespread interest to American workers. Prepare an argument to support both sides of the issue debated.

    Req #9: Union Employment Opportunities
    Learn about opportunities in the field of labor relations. Choose one career in which you are interested and discuss with your counselor the major responsibilities of that position and the qualifications, education, and training such a position requires.
    M Patricia Smith - Famous Labor Attorney

    Extra Credit:

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I) American Labor Famous Quotes:

    William Burrus - The role of a labor union is to ensure that the balance is not tipped in favor of the employer when employees do not receive wages and benefits commensurate with their contribution.

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