labor movement

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.

1865–70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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labor movement definition

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

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Example sentences
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
The labor movement grew slowly-spilling blood, rage, and resistance in equal
  parts-but it grew.
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