A union is a formal organization that intervenes on behalf of workers in disputes involving working conditions, wages, benefits, job security, and conditions of employment. These disputes typically occur between the workers of a specific company and the company’s management. In order to be recognized as an official union, an organization must be certified by the National Labor Relations Board. Unions are formed within a variety of industries, but they all serve similar purposes. Despite their power, many states have outlawed the formation of unions. There are also many companies and organizations that encourage or forbid employees from joining a union. Some unions may require employees at a certain company to join a union shop.
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