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labor union

an organization of wage earners or salaried employees for mutual aid and protection and for dealing collectively with employers; trade union.
Origin of labor union
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His plan calls for co-management of industry by the state and the labor union.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann
  • The secretaries of local party units and labor union representatives were included on the councils of the industrial enterprises.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • “Pertaining to, suitable for, representing;” office desk, labor union.

    Compound Words Frederick W. Hamilton
  • The labor union has no right to restrict the number of apprentices.

    Business English

    Rose Buhlig
  • Now comes this order from the labor union, and they are in a terrible dilemma.

  • The millions of working men and women, embracing practically every labor union in America, count for nothing with him.

    Labor and Freedom Eugene V. Debs
  • He tried men, whether they were men of “big business” or members of a labor union, by their deeds, and in no other way.

    Theodore Roosevelt Henry Cabot Lodge
  • This idea is known as Syndicalism, derived from the French word "syndicat," meaning a labor union.

  • Here, for the first time in his 159 life, he saw a labor union so conducted that it was a force.

    Modern Americans Chester Sanford
  • He claimed to be able with the anti-trust bill, to break up every labor union in America.

    The Pullman Boycott W. F. Burns
labor union in Culture

labor union definition

An organization of workers formed to promote collective bargaining with employers over wages, hours, fringe benefits, job security, and working conditions.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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