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labor movement

noun
1.
labor unions collectively:
The labor movement supported the bill.
2.
the complex of organizations and individuals supporting and advocating improved conditions for labor.
3.
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
1865-1870
1865-70
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Examples from the web for labor movement
  • The entire history of the labor movement was one of achieving a living wage for a family of four provided by one worker.
  • And keep supporting the academic labor movement's efforts to reduce part-time employment and preserve tenure.
  • The exploited longshoremen were the lowest of the underdogs in the labor movement.
  • The labor movement grew slowly-spilling blood, rage, and resistance in equal parts-but it grew.
  • It's no secret that the global economy hasn't exactly been a boon to the labor movement.
  • She breathed life back into the nation's labor movement, boosting living standards across the country.
  • It recognizes the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.
  • The district also has historic importance in the labor movement.
  • However, dues collection is not always systematized, so they lack the resources and experiences of the labor movement.
  • At that time, the labor movement was growing stronger.
labor movement in Culture

labor movement definition


The movement of workers for better treatment by employers, particularly through the formation of labor unions.

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