walking delegate


noun

(formerly) an official appointed by a trade union to go from place to place to investigate working conditions, to ascertain whether union contracts were being fulfilled, and, sometimes, to negotiate contracts between employers and the union.

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Origin of walking delegate

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for walking delegate

walking delegate

noun

(in the US) an agent appointed by a trade union to visit branches, check whether agreements are observed, and negotiate with employers
(in New Zealand) a trade union official who visits dispersed working areas on a wharf
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