What Are the Main Functions of a Trade Union?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 30, 2020 4:48:26 AM ET
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The primary functions of a trade union are to protect, defend and support the common interests of members by acting as a mediator between workers and the organizations for whom they work. The first trade union in the United States was organized in 1794 in Philadelphia by a group of shoemakers. The purpose was to establish a common wage system in order to prevent employers and unskilled workers from undercutting members.

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