RECENT NEWS  Mar 29  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Another split decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday has provided a victory for labor unions representing public sector employees. The case involved requirements in a number of states that non-union employees must...
NPR  Mar 27  Comment 
The state's minimum wage is currently $10; under the new agreement between legislators and labor unions, it would rise by $5 over the next six years.
Japan Today  Mar 16  Comment 
Major Japanese companies notified their labor unions Wednesday they will offer smaller pay-scale hikes than last year, a potential setback for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to beat deflation, as annual wage talks for big firms...
Clusterstock  Feb 23  Comment 
Labor unions, once a key part the American workforce, have been on the decline for decades. As jobs have moved to "Right-to-work" states, the number of Americans that are a member of a labor union has gone from around 30% of the population in...  Nov 17  Comment 
The definition of a ‘worker’ is being redefined by the US tech industry, resisting the Democrats’ more traditional ties with labor unions In America’s new era of political realignment, the Republican party is not the only one experiencing...
Insurance Journal  Nov 16  Comment 
Two U.S. consumer groups announced the formation of a coalition with New York labor unions last week to press antitrust regulators to oppose big insurance mergers that would cut the number of nationwide for-profit health insurers from five to...
New York Times  Nov 5  Comment 
The side agreement to the Trans-Pacific Partnership calls for the legalization of independent labor unions and of workers’ strikes in Vietnam.
Clusterstock  Oct 25  Comment 
Through boom and bust, the American worker has been faced by two trends over the past few decades: the percentage of workers that are members of labor unions has decreased and the American middle class has slowly been hollowed out. According...
Forbes  Oct 18  Comment 
Maybe you saw the headline a few weeks ago: a group known as the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The Quartet is a “many-hued association of labor unions, businesses, human-rights activists and lawyers,”...
Forbes  Oct 14  Comment 
One of the country's largest labor unions has chosen Tuesday night during CNN's broadcast of the Democratic debate to kick off a national campaign calling on all candidates to stand with Walmart workers as they seek higher pay, better benefits and...


A labor union or trade union is an organization run by and for workers who have come together to achieve common goals in fair wages and working conditions.

The most visible labor unions are among public sector employees such as teachers and police. Labor unions engage in collective bargaining over wages, benefits, and working conditions for their members and on representing their members if management attempts to violate contract provisions.

The main role of unions is to protect employee rights in the workplace and to negotiate salaries, benefits, training and other conditions of employment.

The role of labor unions were much debated within the 2008 "Economic Crisis" when the three largest automakers in the U.S. asked for $50 Billion in loans in order to stay viable. According to some Senators costly labor agreements including pension and health plans put the U.S. automakers at a disadvantage to foreign companies resulting in their collapse. The American automobile had nothing to do with it.

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