union·​ism | \ ˈyün-yə-ˌni-zəm \

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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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 The Janus back story illustrates the corrupting influence of public-sector unionism. James Taranto, WSJ, "Bruce Rauner vs. the Illinois ‘Mafia’," 2 Mar. 2018 Though unionism has been in decline for decades, the public sector has remained a stronghold of organised labour. The Economist, "Public-sector unionsUnions are confronted with an existential threat," 22 Feb. 2018 The Times was literally the celebrated centerpiece of anti-unionism for such a long time. Sydney Ember, New York Times, "Union Is Formed at Los Angeles Times and Publisher Put on Leave," 19 Jan. 2018

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1831, in the meaning defined above

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