An independent union is a trade union that represents workers in one plant or company and is free of employer control.[1] (This includes a union representing workers in more than one plant located in two or more states but employed by the same employer). In North America, a national independent union is a union of a national character not affiliated with the AFL - CIO; a local independent union is one of a local character not affiliated with the international union having jurisdiction over that branch of industry.[2]

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  1. ^ Troy, Leo (1960). "Local Independent and National Unions: Competitive Labor Organizations". Journal of Political Economy. 68 (5). The University of Chicago Press: 487–506. doi:10.1086/258365. ISSN 0022-3808. JSTOR 1830310. S2CID 153397063.
  2. ^ Roach, John (1903). Snow, Henry (ed.). "Federated Trade Unionism". The Elevator Constructor. I (11). International Union of Elevator Constructors: 2. Retrieved 16 May 2020.

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