These two cigar trade unions were always on rival on employment issues such as wage scale and other job issues. The trade unions who defected from Knight of labor to form AF of L accused knight of labor management for conspiring with bosses who were against unions in settling employee’s job issues. In addition, the unions which defected from the original knight of labor unions were also against some of the unions attempts such as making decisions on behalf of international unions on how to organize the members without the union’ permission.
Most of the members who joined AF of L were skilled laborers since the union did not allow for open membership which would have allowed unskilled members to join the group. Most of the AF of L objectives were short term goals that were basically focused on less working hours, higher wages and the right for collective bargaining which could enable the labor unions representatives to bargain on behalf of its member concerning various working conditions.