industrial relations

plural noun

: 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 Under the new law, a new Fast Food Council was formed as part of the state's industrial relations department. Vanessa Romo, NPR, 1 Apr. 2024 Tracy Owen, senior vp industrial relations for Paramount Pictures and Paramount Television Studios, died Oct. 1 in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Bloomberg's Eamon Farhat joins us to discuss how industrial relations have changed since the wave of strikes last year. James Woolcock,, 3 Jan. 2024 The Accord was a transnational industrial relations agreement between 222 global brands, retailers and global union organizations that represent workers. London School Of Economics, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Sarosh Kuruvilla, a professor of industrial relations at Cornell, analyzed more than forty thousand audits from around the world and found that almost half were unreliable. Ian Urbina, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 His father was a manager of government contracts, and his mother, known simply as Peets, was an assistant director of industrial relations. Bill Friskics-Warren,, 2 Sep. 2023 Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko visited Iran to discuss strengthening economic and industrial relations and countering U.S. sanctions, according to Iranian media. Leo Sands, Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2023 John Fossum, a retired professor and chair of the industrial relations department at the Carlson school, said Herman was instrumental in starting and maintaining a collection of materials on all facets of employment that were available to students, faculty and the general public. Randy Furst, Star Tribune, 7 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of industrial relations was in 1833

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“Industrial relations.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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