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noun
  1. a labor union of craftspeople or workers in related crafts, as distinguished from general workers or a union including all workers in an industry.
  2. labor union.
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Origin of trade union

First recorded in 1825–35
Related formstrade-un·ion, adjective
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Examples from the Web for trade union

Historical Examples

  • It awakens the hope of a transformation of the present trade-union methods.

    Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 1, March 1906

    Various

  • Tracy was obliged to reply that he didn't belong to any trade-union.

    The American Claimant

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • He said, "Why the thing for me to do, of course, is to join a trade-union."

    The American Claimant

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • A trade-union may control most of the labor-supply of one kind in a town.

  • The trade-union must also see that time studies are properly made.


British Dictionary definitions for trade union

trade union

trades union

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