union n
1: an act or instance of uniting or joining two or more things into one; esp: the formation of a single political unit from two or more separate and individual units
2: something that is made one: something formed by a combining or coalition of its members: as
a: a confederation of independent individuals (as nations or persons) for some common purpose
b: a political unit constituting an organic whole formed usu. from previously independent units (as England and Scotland in 1707) which have surrendered their principal powers to the government of the whole or to a newly created government (as the U.S. in 1789)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (labor organization) noun affiliation, alliance of workers, amalgamation, association, brotherhood, confederacy, consociation, council, federation, fellowship, fraternity, guild, league, organization, organized labor, sodality, trade association associated concepts: anti-union animus, craft union, international union, labor union, local union, trade union, union membership, union shop II (unity) noun accord, accordance, agreement, coalition, coherence, combination, concert, concord, concurrence, congregatio, connection, consensus, consociatio, consolidation, cooperation, coupling, fusion, harmony, homogeneity, joining, junction, oneness, unification, uniformity, unison III index accession (annexation), adhesion (affixing), adhesion (loyalty), affiliation (amalgamation), assemblage, association (alliance), cabal, cartel, centralization, chain (nexus), chamber (body), coaction, coalescence, coalition, cohabitation (married state), coherence, collusion, combination, compatibility, composition (makeup), conciliation, confederacy (compact), conformity (agreement), conjunction, connection (abutment), connection (fastening), consensus, consolidation, consortium (business cartel), contact (association), contact (touching), contribution (participation), cooperative, corporation, coverture, federation, incorporation (blend), incorporation (formation of a business entity), institute, integration (amalgamation), intersection, joinder, league, marriage (intimate relationship), matrimony, meeting (encounter), melange, merger, nexus, pact, pool, reconciliation, relationship (connection), session, society, sodality, syndicate

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) A group of states or nations with a central government.
(2) The act of joining together; a state of togetherness or harmony.
(3) A labor organization that exists to negotiate with employers on behalf of workers in matters such as wages, hours, and workplace safety.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

In the labor context, an organization attempting to improve wages, hours and working conditions for its members by, for example:
• Bargaining with employers over terms and conditions of employment and collective bargaining agreements.
• Striking.
• Picketing.
• Filing formal grievances.
Workers elect a union to represent them concerning these matters. Unions and the employees they represent are granted certain rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administers and enforces the NLRA.
For more information, see Practice Note, Labor Law: Overview (www.practicallaw.com/6-500-9554).

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

An organization of workers formed for the purpose of collective bargaining.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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