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n. One of the many scapegoats utilized by the GOP and other ignorant people to blame societal woes upon, namely a poor economy.

What these ignorant people do not understand is that unions are a major backbone of the United States' labor force.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 1 out of every 10 salary/wage earners is a unionized worker in America. This is not an insignificant statistic.

Workers need unions as much as ever—because most corporations focus on profit at the expense of employees. Employers are constantly trying to shed responsibilities— providing health insurance, good pension coverage, reasonable work hours and job safety protections, for example—while making workers' jobs and incomes less secure through downsizing, part-timing and contracting out. Working people need a voice at work to keep employers from making our jobs look like they did 100 years ago, with sweatshop conditions, unlivable wages and 70-hour workweeks.

Unions are a pivotal part of the American labor force. The only people that hate them are those who do not belong to one and are too lazy and/or afraid to join one (out of fear of their employer, who doesn't want to stop lining his pockets by taking a decrease in profits). So instead of campaigning for them, these ignoramuses fight against them.

Go figure.
Person 1: Hey Person 2, you work in the Electrical Workers Union, correct? It's people like you that are ruining our economy and destroying the foundation of America.

Person 2: Well if you consider earning a livable wage to provide for my family, living within my means, working under proper non-sweatshop conditions, acquiring a pension that I can survive off of when I retire, and not being afraid of getting bullied by my boss destroying the foundation of America, then call me a terrorist. Unions are terrible, aren't they?
by ThinkOfTheChildren July 10, 2011
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A deranged, poorly-planned attempt to seize power; particularly if an election does not turn out in your favor.
Disgraced attorney Rudy Giuliani’s face became drenched in sweat and hair dye as he invented evidence of widespread voter fraud during President Trump’s clown coup.
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A group of workers coming together and demanding the right to collectively bargain with their employer (contract). Some like to think that unions are no longer relevant in this vibrant economy and that corporations are inherently good things that are good for workers. Yea? Well, rest assured that while you are trying to figure out how to pay that credit card bill this month that is slowly killing you, the boss does not have your problem. Oh yea, the work harder argument. Well, the folks that work the HARDEST in America earn the least. Unions are YOUR way out of having to ball lap your boss at work for a decent wage. You can make him negotiate a contract with you, you just have to join a UNION!
I am working my face off and I have not received a raise in about two fucking years. If I ask my boss for a raise he might laugh at me or worse. I guess I should talk to the rest of my miserable co-workers, join a union, and make this prick treat me with some dignity.
by Not the boss January 15, 2009
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Unions brought us the weekend. And the 8-hour workday, and safe working conditions requirements, and fair pay for fair work, and protection from management harrassment
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Group of workers who work together for eachother. A certant percentage is taken out of the paycheck in order for it to work effectively. Before unions some people had to work 84 hour workweeks in dangerous minds, going to work in the dark and waking up in the dark 6 days a week; and by the end of the week owing the company money.
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Also known as Trade Union or Labour Union.

Workers bind together to form Unions so that they together can fight for better work conditions. Without the power of the Union workers would completely be at the mercy of the employers. But sticking together they got a better change to fight for their interests.
Thanks to the Unions we got a 40 hour work week.
by Vicotnic June 05, 2007
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the only chance that you have at work! to get a fair shake! the only true friend that you can trust at the work place!
Because my work place doesn't have a union, I take it in the ass!
by ben-wah! April 03, 2003
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