Trade Union FAQs:

Q: Is a trade union "an organization consisting predominantly of employees"?

A: Yes, and the principal activities of which include the negotiation of rates of pay and conditions of employment for its members.

Q: Are trade unions almost always aligned with the Democratic Party with a few exceptions?

A: Yes.

Q: Were trade unions finally legalized in 1872?

A: Yes, after a Royal Commission on Trade Unions in 1867 agreed that the establishment of the organizations was to the advantage of both employers and employees.

Q: Were trade unions becoming accepted by liberal middle class opinion?

A: Yes.

Q: Are trade unions formed in 1897 after the conservative Anti-Socialist Laws of Chancellor Otto von Bismarck were repealed?

A: Yes.

Q: Were trade unions among the strongest in Latin America?

A: Yes.

Q: Were trade unions often portrayed in the scripts of Jim Allen?

A: Yes.

Q: Were trade unions established from the 1850s?

A: Yes, and better resourced but often less radical.

Q: Are trade unions part of a broader movement of benefit societies?

A: Yes, and which includes medieval guilds, Freemasons, Oddfellows, friendly societies, and other fraternal organizations.

Q: Were trade unions formed based on power with the people?

A: Yes, and not over the people like the government at the time.

Q: Were trade unions still illegal?

A: Yes.

Q: Were trade unions strong – e.g?

A: Yes, steel, coal, printing, the docks – was one of the causes of this loss of trade union members.