from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A labor union, especially one limited in membership to people in the same trade.

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  • n. An organization whose members belong to the same trade and that acts collectively to address common issues.

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  • n. an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer


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  • Spend a hundred million pounds on a dying industry, or ten million on tarting up an obsolete warship, or strike as much off for a trade union squabble, and no one saw tons of gold flushed down the lavatory.

    War Game

  • On June 18,1967, in a speech to the trade union congress, Gomulka spoke of "Fifth Columnist" activities, and that speech was interpreted as a signal that the purge of Jews or, as it was known, "the anti-Zionist campaign" could now begin.

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World

  • The Communist Party split itself and its trade union affiliate, the NLF, into two groups, one of which went underground with the KWC while the other cooperated with the Delgado regime and was allowed to operate.

    Strategic Management in Developing Countries Case Studies

  • It may be noted, in passing, that in its prime essentials this agitation in no wise differs from the trade union agitation among workmen in any industry.


  • One hundred and eighty-one years ago, in the fall of 1827, a group of mechanics met in the shadow of Independence Hall to form what they called the Mechanics Union of Trade Associations - a moment that marked the birth of the trade union movement in America.

    Remarks for Senator Barack Obama: AFL-CIO

  • At the same time he was convinced that revolutionary social reform was a necessity for Kurfana, and he believed the trade union movement, working for the establishment of a socialist government, was the most effective engine to produce this reform.

    Strategic Management in Developing Countries Case Studies

  • I had met Peretz many years ago when he was chairman of the main trade union Histadrut and I was state secretary in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in the Norwegian Labor government.

    A Billion Lives

  • Today this means places like Bangladesh and the “special economic zones” or “export processing zones” of China, where workers—squeezed into underlit, underventilated, deafening factories to perform mind-numbing, repetitive drudgery, sometimes for eleven hours a day—receive wages as low as ten to thirteen cents per hour.27 Free speech and the right to form a trade union are routinely repressed as well.


  • (Havas) The Australian trade union leader, Harry MacNamara, declared a general strike for all workers in the shipping, transport, electronics and related trades because of the belief by members of these trades that the import of working newts into

    The War with the Newts

  • An American workman will "give equal attention simultaneously to three, four, or six machines or tools, while the British workman is compelled by his trade union to limit his attention to one, so that employment may be given to half-a-dozen men."



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