Labor Unions

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  • A labor union is an association of workers that is formed for the purpose of serving the members’ interests with regard to wages and working conditions. While the terms union and labor union are popularly applied to all organized labor, craft or trade unions are organized along specific areas of specialization, such as the plumbing or electrical trades, regardless of the specific industry. On the other hand, labor unions are organized throughout an industry. Membership in labor unions is generally restricted to wage earners, while craft unions may include an ownership aspect, especially if the union member has a business providing services to general contractors or the public at large.

    From Owners to Wage Earners

    As Alexis de Tocqueville observed in Democracy in America (1835, 1840), the ...

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