- labor unions collectively: The labor movement supported the bill.
- the complex of organizations and individuals supporting and advocating improved conditions for labor.
- 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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The movement of workers for better treatment by employers, particularly through the formation of labor unions.
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