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

Examples of unionism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite this lavish outlay, both candidates have presented themselves as friends of the working class, acknowledging Montana’s past and present as a relative bastion of unionism. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, "The Montana Voters Who Could Decide Control of the Senate," 21 Oct. 2020 Republican stances on economic issues — anti-unionism and opposition to public welfare — pitted them against the poor. Richard A. Gallun, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: A Wisconsin business leader and his reluctant divorce from the Republican Party," 8 Oct. 2020 The second important problem is the one involved in the internal dispute over the type of labor unionism to be fostered in this country. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "From the archives: For labor, this is 'more than a day of rest'," 4 Sep. 2020 Issues of great importance to labor and to the nation are centered in the current dispute between industrial and craft unionism. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "From the archives: For labor, this is 'more than a day of rest'," 4 Sep. 2020 As a result, California textbooks are more likely to celebrate unionism, critique the concentration of wealth and focus on how industry pollutes the environment. New York Times, "Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories.," 12 Jan. 2020 Business unionism, which organizes around specific goals for employees rather than a wider class struggle, was the dominant orientation of the labor movement in the U.S. though much of the 20th century. Ruben J. Garcia, The Conversation, "The Culinary Union of Nevada takes a pass on endorsing – here’s why that may be a winning political strategy," 21 Feb. 2020 Immigration in the 19th century has left bits of central Scotland with echoes of Northern Irish politics, in which nationalism is associated with Catholicism, and unionism with Protestantism. The Economist, "Scotland’s three-dimensional election," 30 Nov. 2019 This kind of campus-wide organizing reflects the growing shift toward rank-and-file unionism within the #RedforEd movement. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, "The Next Big Labor Strike Hits Oregon," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of unionism

1831, in the meaning defined above

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“Unionism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unionism. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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