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

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Recent Examples on the Web Democrats, labor union leaders and other interest groups were quick to commend the governor’s pick. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, "Gov. Gavin Newsom’s chief of staff leaves as new top advisor joins his team," 21 Dec. 2020 But even as a community college trustee with a law degree and experience as a community organizer, Elo-Rivera was an underdog to local labor union official Kelvin Barrios. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Elo-Rivera will focus on social equity, boosting local youth as new San Diego council member," 3 Dec. 2020 Biden had a virtual meeting Monday with the CEOs of big companies, such as General Motors, Microsoft and Target, along with a number of labor union heads. NBC News, "Biden talks pandemic response, jobs and stimulus — and hints at his strategy for working with Republicans," 18 Nov. 2020 Here, a hospitality workers labor union said in an address to those gathered. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "A victory lap in Detroit for Biden supporters, a protest in Lansing for Trump supporters," 8 Nov. 2020 The door-to-door Unite Here labor union effort was aimed at defeating President Donald Trump and electing Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate. Daniel Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, "Here is why some immigrants joined efforts to get voters to the polls even though they can't vote themselves," 4 Nov. 2020 But like Michigan, Wisconsin had seen a fracturing of the liberal power base through deindustrialization, free trade deals backed by Washington Democrats and a weakening of labor union influence. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Watch these nine states in the US election," 19 Oct. 2020 The Fraternal Order of Police, the nation's largest police labor union, posted a Facebook picture early Thursday morning showing Young's 2-year-old in the arms of a Philadelphia police officer just after the incident. NBC News, "Philadelphia police smash windows of SUV carrying mom and baby in video, while union claims child was 'lost'," 30 Oct. 2020 On Tuesday, Barrios amended his filing, one day after The San Diego Union-Tribune asked him about discrepancies between it and a separate disclosure submitted by his employer, a local labor union. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New discrepancies emerge in Barrios campaign filings," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of labor union

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Labor union.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of labor union

US : an organization of workers formed to protect the rights and interests of its members

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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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