Craft Union


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Craft Union

 

a trade union whose members have a specialized skill or are qualified for a given type of work. The first craft unions arose in the late 18th century in Great Britain, Western Europe, and the United States. With the growing division of labor and the simultaneous rise of large-scale capitalist enterprises, the craft unions were superseded by the industrial unions, which united all the workers of a single enterprise, whatever their occupation, and were thus more relevant to the needs of the workers’ class struggle. The industrial unions’ influence among workers has grown considerably in the 20th century; nevertheless, craft unions have survived in a number of capitalist countries—such as Great Britain and the USA—and are even the predominant type of union in certain branches of the economy.

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In the end, the strike was broken by workers brought in by rail from other furniture-making centers, the poverty induced by the length of the strike, the 2,000 striking workers not allowed to join the exclusive craft unions and receive strike benefits, and the official condemnation of the Christian Reformed Church, the Protestant religion of the Dutch strikers.
Because the craft unions had few or no black members, Federal contractors rarely hired blacks for skilled positions.
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The fierce rivalry among craft unions that dominated organized labour in the province and the new trade unions that sought to organize workers on an industry-wide basis may have allowed worker militancy in Quebec shipyards to grow.
While this situation still exists at a few papers, the trend has been toward either industry-level mergers of major craft unions or decertification of one or more bargaining units in a given plant.
AMFA's craft union is the largest labor organization in the airline industry representing aircraft maintenance technicians and related support personnel with over 16,000 members at carriers including Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Northwest Airlines, ATA, Horizon and Mesaba Airlines.
In the case of tailors, while the rhetoric suggested the need for equal pay for women workers and women's union participation, the strikes, according to DeVault, provide evidence that the Journeyman Tailors Union [JTUA] actually followed craft union principles and defined membership in the trade so narrowly that most women did not qualify.
AMFA's craft union is the largest labor organization in the airline industry, representing over 16,000 aircraft maintenance technicians and related support personnel at carriers including Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Northwest Airlines, ATA, Horizon Air and Mesaba Airlines.
AMFA's craft union represents aircraft maintenance technicians and related support personnel at Alaska Airlines, ATA, Horizon Air, Independence Airlines, Mesaba Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.
She claims that "research on the adaptability of the craft union through perilous economic conditions could provide important lessons for industrial and service sector unions facing the same conditions that have always characterized construction: highly competitive building processes, institutionalized outsourcing and subcontracting; new work organization and new technologies.
AMFA's craft union represents aircraft maintenance technicians and related support personnel at Alaska Airlines, ATA, Horizon Air, Mesaba Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.