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labor movement

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  1. labor unions collectively: The labor movement supported the bill.
  2. the complex of organizations and individuals supporting and advocating improved conditions for labor.
  3. the effort of organized labor and its supporters to bring about improved conditions for the worker, as through collective bargaining: Their activities proved more harmful than helpful to the labor movement.

Origin of labor movement

First recorded in 1865–70
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labor movement in Culture

labor movement

The movement of workers for better treatment by employers, particularly through the formation of labor unions.

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