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Jack Ranger

A Workers Dictionary

(24 March 1947)

From Labor Action, Vol. 11 No. 12, 24 March 1947, p. 2.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

Adventurism, an irresponsible policy of leadership, such as leading a union into an ill-advised strike with little chance of winning and a large chance of losing in the particular situation.

Affiliated Union, one which is attached to another union organization. Thus a local union may be affiliated to an international union, to a central labor union, to a building trades council, etc.

Agent Provocateur, one sent by a government into an organization with orders to provoke that organization or some of its members into rash actions which the government will then utilize as an excuse to persecute the organization; or a government agent who himself commits acts of violence which are then attributed to radicals.

Agitator, one who presents only one or a few ideas to a mass of people, usually orally, in order to arouse indignation against injustice and to enlighten others.

Agreement, Union, a contract between a union and one or more employers which usually covers the following matters: union recognition, scales of wages, hours, seniority, working conditions, machinery for settling grievances and disputes, and length Of time agreement is to run.

Amalgamated Union, one formed by the merger of two or more unions which were formerly separate.

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