unionism

[yoon-yuh-niz-uhm]
noun
1.
the principle of union, especially trade unionism.
2.
attachment to a union.
3.
(initial capital letter) loyalty to the federal union of the United States of America, especially at the time of the Civil War.

Origin:
1835–45; union + -ism

prounionism, noun
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unionism (ˈjuːnjəˌnɪzəm)
 
n
1.  the principles of trade unions
2.  adherence to the principles of trade unions
3.  the principle or theory of any union

Unionism (ˈjuːnjəˌnɪzəm)
 
n
(sometimes not capital) the principles or adherence to the principles of Unionists

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unionism

association and activities of workers in a trade or industry for the purpose of obtaining or assuring improvements in working conditions through their collective action

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Example sentences for unionism
Into a political movement or the development of industrial unionism.
The afl vigorously opposed dual unionism, and the formation of the wlu alarmed gompers.
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