Economic Definition of printers union. Defined.
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Term printers union Definition: This craft union among printers created in 1852 was the first permanent national union in the United States. While labor unions had be legal since the Commonwealth versus Hunt decision in 1842, most unions were craft unions and limited to labor markets in specific cities. The shoemakers union in Boston was unrelated to the shoemakers union in Philadelphia. The printers union was the first of several national craft unions established in the ensuing decade. As a national union, it controlled significantly more labor and thus exerted greater market control.