Trade Unions

Trade Unions

Trade Unions

In line with Joseph F. King

about Trade Unions in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Trade unions are defined by Webster's Dictionary as an “association of wage earners to further or maintain their rights and interests through collective bargaining with their employer.” Various attempts have been made at organizing police officers into such an association (i.e., welfare or benevolent associations) since the latter part of the 19th century. In the United States of America, these attempts have been restricted to the thousands of local jurisdictions and usually regard matters of employment, salary, or discipline. One of the basic problems for police officers in their attempts to combine their voices to improve their condition has been their position as “guardians of the peace” and “protectors of society.” In the 20th century, police officers have seen their fellow workers improve their lot by bettering their working conditions and salaries through unionization.

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