- union u‧nion [ˈjuːnjən] noun1. [countable] an organization formed by workers to protect their rights:
• If you decide to join the union you are encouraged to play an active part and to ensure your views are represented.
• a union agreement (= an agreement between a union and management about wages, conditions etc )ˌcompany ˈunionHUMAN RESOURCES a trade union established by a company for its workers, which is usually not part of the official trade union system:
• Under pressure from the company union, Toyota has promised to reduce work schedules.ˈcraft ˌunion [countable] HUMAN RESOURCES ORGANIZATIONSa trade union whose members all work in skilled jobs that involve making or doing things with their handsˈcredit ˌunion [countable] especially AmE FINANCE ORGANIZATIONSan organization formed by a group of people working for the same company who save money together so that members can borrow at lower interest rates than at banks; = credit society Bre:
• an unofficial credit union where people group together to help each other with major purchasesˌgeneral ˈunion [countable] HUMAN RESOURCES ORGANIZATIONSa trade union whose members have different jobs in many different industries:
• The GMB is a general union, which means that anyone can join it.ˌtrade ˈunion also ˌtrades ˈunion , ˈlabor ˌunion HUMAN RESOURCES ORGANIZATIONSan organization representing people working in a particular industry or profession that protects their rights:
• The European Convention on Human Rights declared that everyone had a right to join a trade union.
• How has trade union membership changed in recent years?
• TGWU, the transport union— trade unionist , trades unionist noun [countable] :
• She was an active trade unionist and had lately been elected a shop steward.2. [countable] a group of countries with the same central government:
• the former Soviet Union3. [uncountable] the act of joining two or more things together or the state of being joined together:
• The countries of the EU are in a process of ever closer economic and political union.— see also credit union, customs union— unionist noun [countable] :
• unionist leaders
* * *union UK US /ˈjuːnjən/ noun► [C] (UK also trade union, US also labor union) HR, WORKPLACE an organization that represents the people who work in a particular industry, protects their rights and may agree pay, working conditions, etc. with their employers: »
""No date has yet been set for a strike, the union said in a statement to the press this morning.»
The unions are on strike over wage concerns.»
The political activity of each affiliated union is highly regulated by statute.»
a union spokesman/delegate/negotiator»
civil-service/white-collar/blue-collar unionsjoin/belong to a union »
The new generation of workers is less likely to join a union.► [C] a group of two or more countries that work together or that have the same government: »
the European Union► [S or U] the act of joining two or more things together, or the state of being joined together: »
Both bosses had a financial interest in making the merger work, as the success of the union of their two companies showed.»
economic/political/monetary union→ See also COMPANY UNION(Cf. ↑company union), CRAFT UNION(Cf. ↑craft union), CREDIT UNION(Cf. ↑credit union), CUSTOMS UNION(Cf. ↑customs union), ENTERPRISE UNION(Cf. ↑enterprise union), EUROPEAN MONETARY UNION(Cf. ↑European Monetary Union), THE EUROPEAN UNION(Cf. ↑the European Union), GENERAL UNION(Cf. ↑general union), HORIZONTAL UNION(Cf. ↑horizontal union), LABOR UNION(Cf. ↑labor union), NON-UNION(Cf. ↑non-union), TRADE UNION(Cf. ↑trade union)
Financial and business terms. 2012.