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Industrial Unionism
Industrial unionism is a trade union organizing method through which all workers in the same industry are organized into the same union—regardless of skill or trade—thus giving workers in one industry, or in all industries, more leverage in bargaining and in strike situations. Industrial unionism contrasts with craft unionism, which organizes workers along lines of their specific trades, i.e., workers using the same kind of tools, or doing the same kind of work with approximately the same level of skill, even if this leads to multiple union locals (with different contracts, and different expiration dates) in the same workplace. History Prehistory Before the proper introduction of industrial unionism in the early 20th century, an organisation called the Knights of Labor (KOL) began in 1869 with the union permitting nearly any worker, of any profession, to join. The organisation was an early advocate of producerism, however the KOL also admitted physicians and employers. In 1 ...
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