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labor union

an organization of wage earners or salaried employees for mutual aid and protection and for dealing collectively with employers; trade union.
Origin of labor union
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He learned that these conditions had been somewhat improved through the formation of the garment-workers into a labor-union.

  • labor-union democracy must be made democratic by referendum control.

    The I.W.W. Paul Frederick Brissenden
  • Now it cannot be expected that the labor-union or any other influence will greatly change the immigrant in this respect.

  • To them the labor-union is at present the strongest Americanizing force.

  • For it is not too much to say that the only effective Americanizing force for the Southeastern European is the labor-union.

  • In spite of this report, Schmitz was reelected in 1905 as the candidate of the labor-union party.

    The Boss and the Machine Samuel P. Orth
  • How do you expect me to make a fortune in this paradise of the labor-union if I don't do things myself?

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
  • And knowing them, understanding them, working with them in almost every case, there was no labor-union problem to confront him.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow Edward Hungerford
  • From the beginning, the Union-Labor party had the support of elements outside the labor-union movement.

  • In no country has the labor-union movement achieved a greater degree of organization than in England.

labor-union in Culture

labor union definition

An organization of workers formed to promote collective bargaining with employers over wages, hours, fringe benefits, job security, and working conditions.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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