industrial union


Definition of industrial union

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Democrats’ War on Fracking Will Cost Them in Battleground States," 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, "Nevada Embraces Public Unions," 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, "How the Loss of Union Power Has Hurt American Manufacturing," 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, "Debunking the myth that “identity politics” is bad for the Democratic Party," 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, "Pennsylvania vote to test labor’s strength and loyalty," 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, "Is the Supreme Court About to Hobble Labor Unions?," 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, "Eurozone unemployment edges down to lowest in over 9 years," 1 Mar. 2018 The United Steelworkers, the country’s largest industrial union, and companies that forge steel and aluminum have united in pushing for import restrictions. Ana Swanson, New York Times, "Trump Tells Lawmakers He’s Mulling Limits on Imported Steel," 13 Feb. 2018

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1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Industrial union.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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Legal Definition of industrial 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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