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Trade union
A trade union, trades union or labor union is an organization of workers that have banded together to achieve common goals such as better working conditions. The trade union, through its leadership, bargains with the employer on behalf of union members and negotiates labour contracts with employers...
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1648
10.18.1648
Boston Shoemakers form first U.S. labor organization.
1834
1.29.1834
US President Andrew Jackson orders first use of federal soldiers to suppress a labor dispute.
3.18.1834
Six farm labourers from Tolpuddle, Dorset, England are sentenced to be transported to Australia for forming a trade union.
1872
6.14.1872
Trade unions are legalised in Canada.
1892
11.8.1892
The New Orleans general strike begins, uniting black and white American trade unionists in a successful four-day general strike action for the first time.
1925
5.1.1925
The All-China Federation of Trade Unions is officially founded. Today it is the largest trade union in the world, with 134 million members.
1926
5.12.1926
UK General Strike 1926: In the United Kingdom, a nine-day general strike by trade unions ends.
1931
5.14.1931
Ådalen shootings: five people are killed in Ådalen, Sweden, as soldiers open fire on an unarmed trade union demonstration.
1933
5.2.1933
''Gleichschaltung'': Adolf Hitler bans trade unions.
1936
6.7.1936
The Steel Workers Organizing Committee, a trade union, is founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Philip Murray is elected its first president.
12.30.1936
The United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike.
1938
11.18.1938
Trade union members elect John L. Lewis as the first president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations.
1942
5.22.1942
The Steel Workers Organizing Committee disbands, and a new trade union, the United Steelworkers, is formed.
1982
10.8.1982
Poland bans Solidarity and all trade unions.
1988
12.22.1988
Chico Mendes, a Brazilian rubber tapper, unionist and environmental activist, is assassinated.