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 for trade union
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  trades union \trades" un`ion\, or Trade union \Trade" un`ion\ .
     An organized combination among workmen for the purpose of
     maintaining their rights, privileges, and interests with
     respect to wages, hours of labor, customs, etc.
     [1913 Webster] Trades-unionist

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  trade union
      n 1: an organization of employees formed to bargain with the
           employer; "you have to join the union in order to get a
           job" [syn: union, labor union, trade union, trades
           union, brotherhood]

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