Labor Resurgence Just a Little Overdue

A reaction appears to have set in and it is probable that for some time to come the power of organized labor will decrease; but a change will again come, and the unions and various associations will once more report an increasing membership. The progress of the labor movement may be compared to the incoming tide. Each wave advances a little further than the previous one; and he is the merest tyro in social science, and an ignoramus in the history of his country, who imagines that a permanent decline has overtaken organized labor, whatever his talents or acquisitions may be in other respects.

Richard T. Ely, economist and Progressive leader, in “The Labor Movement in America,” July 1886.