industrial relations

plural noun

Definition of industrial relations

: the dealings or relationships of a usually large business or industrial enterprise with its own workers, with labor in general, with governmental agencies, or with the public

Examples of industrial relations in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, America’s economy has become tech-centric, making 20th-century industrial relations look like a relic. The Economist, "The GM strike is an anachronism," 3 Oct. 2019 Gary Chaison, a retired professor of industrial relations at Clark University in Massachusetts, said the strike is a mystery to him because GM’s offers appear to be decent. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Striking workers question whether UAW leaders can be trusted," 18 Sep. 2019 Gary Chaison, professor emeritus of industrial relations at Clark University in Massachusetts, expects the strike to end within a week. Washington Post, "Progress reported in contract talks between GM, union," 17 Sep. 2019 Shen, a veteran human rights and labor lawyer, most recently served as director of national industrial relations and counsel at the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), representing indie film and TV producers, including in labor disputes. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Canada's Actors Union Hires Lawyer to Review Sexual Harassment Policies," 30 Oct. 2017 The leadership of the AFL-CIO is longtime Democrats, said Gary Chaison, a Clark University professor emeritus of labor and industrial relations. Eric Morath, WSJ, "With Workers Split Over Trump, Unions Look to Bridge the Divide," 20 Oct. 2017 One is that industrial relations must be devolved to the level of the firm. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron’s labour reformsThe French president acts on his promise to overhaul jobs laws," 31 Aug. 2017

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1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Industrial relations.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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: the ways in which businesses relate to and deal with workers, the government, and the public

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