union·​ism | \ ˈyün-yə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce unionism (audio) \

Definition of unionism

: the principle or policy of forming or adhering to a union: such as
a capitalized : adherence to the policy of a firm federal union between the states of the United States especially during the Civil War period
b : the principles, theory, advocacy, or system of trade unions

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Looking at some contemporary controversies from this angle of unionism reveals a few things. Fred Bauer, National Review, "What the Nationalism vs. Liberalism Debate Misses," 28 Aug. 2019 This could both remove understandable employer objections to the current all-or-nothing nature of American unionism and provide unions themselves with other ways to advocate for their members. Eli Lehrer, National Review, "The Next Union Era," 25 July 2019 Today, unionism is either ignored or, sometimes, vilified. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Minnesota author digs into the Mesaba mining strike for debut ‘Under Ground’," 29 June 2019 Which brings us to last month’s Supreme Court decision on public-sector unionism. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "The Court Shows the System Works," 6 July 2018 WorryFree reads as cartoonish, but the heart of its villainy—anti-unionism in favor of efficiency, selling regardless of the client’s morality, innovating without weighing the costs—is strikingly recognizable. Joseph Bien-kahn, WIRED, "Radical As Ever, Boots Riley Takes On the Tech Boom," 4 July 2018 The murder mystery becomes entangled, at times awkwardly, with larger social issues like unionism, anarchism and the women’s suffrage movement. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "A Politician With Real Killer Instincts," 4 May 2018 At the time of the agreement the main forces in Northern Irish politics were the Ulster Unionists and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), which represented the moderate forms of unionism and nationalism, respectively. The Economist, "Twenty years after a peace deal the mood is sour in Northern Ireland," 28 Mar. 2018 The West Virginia teachers found ways to organize and act outside the usual parameters of traditional unionism. Jess Bidgood And Campbell Robertson, New York Times, "West Virginia Walkouts a Lesson in the Power of a Crowd-Sourced Strike," 8 Mar. 2018

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1831, in the meaning defined above

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