Organized Labor

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Organized Labor

A group of employees in a certain company or with a certain skill who unite in a single body for purposes of negotiating wages, benefits, working conditions, and other issues with management. Members of an organized labor group must ratify decisions made by their representatives with management. Proponents of organized labor argue that it creates better working environments and played a significant role in creating the middle class in many countries. Critics contend that it creates economic inefficiency and can drive companies out of business with employees' high demands. In the United States, organized labor is regulated by the National Labor Relations Board. An organized labor group is called a union. See also: Strike.
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The distinct struggles of national unions over social policy outcomes fall into the background amidst the sheer volume of material covered, making it difficult to draw clear conclusions about which strategies have been more or less effective.
It was from that position that he was brought into BSEIU in 1933, and four years later he won electio n as President of the national union.
Within a few years, the previously unorganized building workers of New York became one of the largest segments of the national union.
In Local 32B, Scalise used his influence as a national union officer to gain control over the local and then to begin to drain money out of it.
And Janet Irons tells us that southern textile workers fared best when they abandoned national union leadership altogether and relied upon "independent efforts to build solidarity locally and regionally.
Zieger's findings strike a different chord from those contained in We Are All Leaders on the three issues that most distinguish the Lynd collection: the nature of national union structures, the character of workers' militancy in the 1930s, and impact of federal government intervention on the workers' movement of that era.
Dear Prime Minister, On behalf of the National Union of Public and General Employees, I am writing to extend our support to your efforts to introduce legislation that would achieve equal marriage rights for same sex couples in Canada.
This cause brought together many of Canada's unions, in both the public sector--such as the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)--and the private sector--such as the Canadian Auto Workers and the Steelworkers.

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