Organized Labor

(redirected from union)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to union: European Union, Soviet Union

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 ?
The State Department declined repeated offers to comment on any questions relating to the raid and how it perceived the IFTU's role in an independent Iraq; nevertheless, it seems clear that the CPA didn't exactly consider the union a partner.
The failure of Italy's economic structure to adapt, combined with a significant loss of competitiveness in recent years (the growth of 1999-2000, in an economy with an inadequate productive base and a truly abysmal productivity performance since 1996 soon sparked above-average inflation in Italy), has devastated Italy's share of world trade--down by around 30 percent since monetary union began.
The students responses reflected ten themes: (a) unions always go on strike, (b) unions are too powerful, (c) they are corrupt, (d) they are greedy and selfish, (e) they run the country, (f) union leaders are overpaid, (g) union dues are too high, (h) unions are un-American and un-democratic, (i) unions protect bad workers, and (j) unions are no longer needed.
The combination of these sources affords an in-depth history of how organized crime groups worked methodically to corrupt national union leaders in the l930s and in so doing undercut the only recently won gains of union members.
The Anishinabek Nation Credit Union is a financial services institution democratically owned and controlled through the association of its members.
Since libraries are wired for the Internet, working people who do not have a computer at home or at work can use their neighborhood library to go online, set up a free e-mail account, and gain access to their local union Web site or any other Web site that meets their needs.
Union success in organizing new members ultimately rests in extending beyond time-worn organizing tactics and into political action and community relations.
As one former school-board member from a large urban district noted, "Too often school boards and superintendents complain that they cannot do something because of the teachers union contract.
But experts said the issue - in which hotel and restaurant workers, under their UNITE Here union, and members of the various Service Employees International Union locals voted to pull out of the AFL-CIO and form their own organization - might have led to Thursday's deadlock.