Organized Labor

(redirected from National Unions)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
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. Working to build BSEIU had brought him enemies and those enemies, he implied, were behind Pegler's expose.
Within a few years, the previously unorganized building workers of New York became one of the largest segments of the national union. From 1934 to 1940, the union's membership in New York City rose from 1200 to over 30,000, while the national union's membership that year stood at 60,000 total.
Rather, they simply adopted an attitude of "we'll take care of ourselves."(20) In Janet Irons's account of the 1934 textile workers' strike, meanwhile, the New Deal government seems second only to national union leaders in anti-worker treachery.
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.
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."

Full browser ?