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Guild

An association of persons with a particular skill or trade. For example, the electricians in an area may form a guild for mutual support, to route business to each other, or for other reasons. A guild contrasts with a union primarily because it includes both employers and employees; it is based on trade, rather than class. Guilds were most common in medieval Europe, but still exist and have a great deal of sway in some industries, notably filmmaking. Bar associations of lawyers and realtor groups may also be considered guilds.
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I don't know who was responsible for the final adoption of the "Guildsman" design, but it surely seemed to me to be a confusing design.
By employer he means a master professional or craft guildsman. And by employee he intends a qualified journeyman or woman trained within the structures of the master-apprentice system that emerged with the development of guilds in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries: first in the Low Countries, southern France, and northern Italy, then in other trading and industrial centers of the West.
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He wrote articles about Coventry for the Guildsman, the magazine of the Coventry Freeman's Guild, of which he was a life member.