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- n. Plural form of labor union.
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I remember having somewhat those same ambivalent feelings when I worked for the Texas Observer and went out to El Paso to look at some of the problems the labor unions were having there and of course, the labor leaders were very irate about the ease with which the wetbacks could come across and act as scabs.
He was very strong for labor unions and someway, in his district, Harry Bridges 'union was quite powerful, so I think that had an effect on him.
Today the great labor unions are honeycombed with socialists, "boring from within," as they picturesquely term their undermining labor.
The Ward Steamship Company, financially embarassed by frequent revolutions in its labor department, and at the mercy of labor unions had yielded step by step until the longshoreman's pay had advanced from thirty to forty-five cents an hour.
Second, we held an annual policy forum at a different location around the world—Niagara-on-the-Lake in Canada, Como in Italy, Acapulco in Mexico—to present our findings to senior executives and government officials from the sponsoring companies and governments, plus interested observers from labor unions and the financial community.