Lobbying groups work to influence legislators...
Lobbying groups played a large role in the formation of labor laws. These groups used many different tactics to pressure legislators to create and pass laws that protected workers. For example, they organized protests, marches, and strikes. They also used the public as a way to push legislators by exposing the awful conditions that different industries had their employees working in.
Journalists often worked side by side with lobbying groups in exposing these conditions. These journalists were often called "muckrakers." Muckrakers are used their journalism to expose problems of society, especially problems that were caused by the rapid growth in urban areas and industrialization.
Individual states began to pass labor laws
Since a lot of the lobbying that many groups did was organized in big cities, many of the first labor laws were passed by individual states before federal laws were passed. For example, New Hampshire was one of the first states to pass a 10 hour work day law.
Congress passes federal labor laws...
The biggest push from Progressives called for legislators to make federal labor laws. Federal labor laws were meant to help workers in all states and set a foundation for states to make more laws that protected workers.
Through the ups and downs, and all the controversy, underprivileged people were able to have safer working conditions across all of the USA thanks to the people lobbied and pushed for workers' rights. Labor Laws are still very important today. Even though many laws today are not perfect, the hard work past organizers did has helped us continue to get more rights today. It's important to know how these workers fought so hard for the rights we have today.