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trade union

a labor union of craftspeople or workers in related crafts, as distinguished from general workers or a union including all workers in an industry.
Origin of trade union
First recorded in 1825-35
Related forms
trade-union, adjective Unabridged
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  • At Enfield, we are told, a man was obliged by trade union regulations so to regulate his work that he did not earn more than 1s.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • The trade union has its counterpart in what are termed the "upper classes."

  • The extracts are quoted from the annual report of the trade union.

  • They instinctively have all the principles of a trade union about them.

    The Madcap of the School Angela Brazil
  • Brentano makes no suggestion regarding the mass of the working class who belong to no trade union.

  • We always recommend all workers to join the trade union of their trade.

    British Socialism J. Ellis Barker
  • It was generally admitted that I had gone the full length any leader of a trade union could go in the direction of peace.

  • Their association was more of a social and benefit society than a trade union.

    Post-Impressions Simeon Strunsky
  • We therefore conveniently divide labor and trade union history into periods on the basis of the industrial cycle.

  • If a nation has a collective mind, so also have a church and a trade union.

    The Group Mind William McDougall
British Dictionary definitions for trade union

trade union

an association of employees formed to improve their incomes and working conditions by collective bargaining with the employer or employer organizations
Derived Forms
trade unionism, trades unionism, noun
trade unionist, trades unionist, noun
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