industrial union


: a labor union open to workers in an industry irrespective of their occupation or craft compare craft union

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Still, there's a certain irony in the fact that about a quarter of the 400,000 current members of the Union of Autoworkers–the archetypal industrial union — work at universities. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 29 Apr. 2022 Republicans should redouble their efforts to court industrial unions and their millions of members, reminding them that the GOP is the party that wants to save their jobs. Stephen Moore, WSJ, 22 Jan. 2020 This is why public unions differ from industrial unions that negotiate with a single private employer, and why Franklin Roosevelt opposed unions for public workers. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 20 June 2019 Think about it: A huge amount of what America consumes is made overseas, with the implicit consent of the nation’s now nearly neutered industrial unions. Louis Uchitelle, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2018 Instead, the core groups behind the New Deal — industrial unions, African Americans, and urban liberals — transformed the party from below. Eric Schickler, Vox, 21 Apr. 2018 Trump, who won the district by 20 percentage points in 2016, is due to make his second stop on Republican candidate Rick Saccone’s behalf Saturday, days after announcing a new steel tariff plan celebrated by industrial unions. Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2018 The first indication that something is amiss with that position is that the NLRA was limited to industrial unions when it was enacted in 1935—and for good reason. Richard A. Epstein, Newsweek, 23 Feb. 2018 Low unemployment gives wage negotiators a chance to press for higher pay deals as many have done so far this year, including IG Metall, Germany’s biggest industrial union. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of industrial union was in 1902

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“Industrial union.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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industrial union


in·​dus·​tri·​al union
: a labor union that admits to membership workers in an industry regardless of their occupation or craft compare craft union

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