labor union


Definition of labor union

: an organization of workers formed for the purpose of advancing its members' interests in respect to wages, benefits, and working conditions members of a labor union with job protection under a collective bargaining agreement with the employer— Seth Sandronsky

Examples of labor union in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just last month, workers at a Staten Island, New York, warehouse voted to form the e-commerce giant's first-ever US labor union. Catherine Thorbecke, CNN, 2 May 2022 Petitions to form a labor union shot up 57% in the last six months, according to the National Labor Relations Board, with campaigns at Amazon, Starbucks, John Deere, Kellogg’s and REI among the highest-profile. Lauren Debter, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Starbucks baristas in Buffalo, N.Y., voted to form the first labor union at one of the coffee giant’s own U.S. cafes in its 50-year history. WSJ, 10 Dec. 2021 Employees at a Starbucks location near Buffalo, N.Y., have voted to form the first labor union in the coffee chain’s 50-year history. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, 10 Dec. 2021 Elon Musk invited the United Auto Workers to hold a unionization vote at Tesla, a move that comes despite a history of tension with the labor union — including labor law violations by the CEO and electric automaker. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 Those regulations have helped attract manufacturing jobs and industries whose workers have historically been labor union members. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, 12 Mar. 2021 Assemblyman Todd Gloria handed out campaign literature and yard signs in Mission Valley to more than 100 local labor union members, who then spread across the city to deliver the literature directly to homes – and voters. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Oct. 2020 An arbitrator ruled in 2004 that the ban violated a labor union contract. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 27 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of labor union

1849, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2022

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“Labor union.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of labor union

: an organization of workers formed to help them get better pay and working conditions

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Legal Definition of labor union

: a labor organization usually consisting of workers of the same trade that is formed for the purpose of advancing its members' interests (as through collective bargaining) in respect to wages, benefits, and working conditions — see also craft union, bargaining unit

Note: Labor unions and employers are subject to the provisions of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA or Wagner Act), as amended by the Labor Management Relations (Taft-Hartley) Act and the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure (Landrum-Griffin) Act. The NLRA authorized the establishment of the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency which administers the provisions of the Act.

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