was founded as the Merchants and Manufacturers Association in 1896 in California. It has become a worldwide organization advocating for employers and giving guidance about employment laws and regulations, professional development, consulting projects, and compensation and workplace trends surveys.
When founded, the organization's goal was to secure the open shop
in all workplaces in the city.Cross, History of the Labor Movement in California,
1974.Foner, History of the Labor Movement in the United States: The AFL in the Progressive Era, 1910-1915,
1980.Milkman, L.A Story: Immigrant Workers and the Future of the U.S. Labor Movement,
2006. In the latter half of the 20th century, the organization became a human resources
consulting firm. In 1993, the Merchants and Manufacturers Association merged with the Federated Group of San Francisco to create the Employers Group. The organization's current president and chief executive officer is Mark Wilbur.
Formation and early history
Employers Group was founded in 1893 in Los Angeles as the Merchants Association. Its goal was to promote local products, and manufacturing companies, railroads, shipping companies, department stores, breweries and food markets were some of its charter members. One of its most prominent members was the Los Angeles Times.The......