Starting out this was a mutual assistance organization consisting of 3 levels of craftsmen the master, journeymen, and apprentice. The master taught both of the lower members his craft and when they accomplished all the tasks that he set them they could move up to the next level.
Over the years, the guild masters sought to gain more wealth and thus prestige and thus joined into politics. With his new search for power and affluence, many guilds changed into more of a corporation than an MAO (mutual assistance organization). He added new restrictive regulations, that controlled the members below him. Those that wouldn't join the guild would effectively be frozen out, denied jobs, etc. He defined wages, hours, tools, and techniques, regulated working conditions and the production process. They sought to monopolize the market, by controlling the workers, product, supply, and time.
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