labor labor  /ˈleɪ bər/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages
  2. (n) productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
  3. (n) concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
  4. (n) an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement
  5. (n) a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and formerly the socialization of key industries
  6. (n) the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913
  7. (n) any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
  8. (v) strive and make an effort to reach a goal
  9. (v) work hard
  10. (v) undergo the efforts of childbirth

Usage(s):

  1. The wave of Internet-fueled criticism over atrocious labor practices could mark a milestone how grassroots protests affect the country's leaders.
  2. Never had labor worn such an air of confident authority.
  3. Many a working man still counts on overtime to finance a vacation or a new TV set, but the top ranks of labor increasingly regard the institution as more of a bane than a blessing.

News

  1. Labor Department Lawyer Accused of Sexually Assaulting Co-worker Had Throat Cut in Jail Cell

    Paul Mannina, the U.S. Labor Department attorney who was arrested last week on charges that he broke into a co-worker's home and sexually assaulted her, was found dead today in his cell at D.C. jail. [ more › ]
    on June 19, 2013     Source: DCist

  2. Labor Department Lawyer From Md. Dies In DC Jail

    A U.S. Department of Labor lawyer who was accused of a home invasion at a co-worker's home has been found dead in his cell at the D.C. Jail.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: CBS Baltimore

  3. Labor Dept. reaching out to laid-off IBM workers

         Vermont's Department of Labor will hold informational presentations for laid-off workers from IBM's Essex Junction plant on Wednesday, June 19 and Saturday June 22.  There will be two sessions each day at the Sheraton Inn, on Williston Road in South Burlington, Vt.   The first session will be from 9 a.m until Noon. The second session is set for 1 until 4 p.m.       Vermont Labor Department ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: WPTZ Burlington

Quotes

  1. "I do not view the labor movement as part of the problem," Obama said. "It's part of the solution. We need to level the playing field for workers and unions."
    on Jan 30, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Bloomberg

  2. "Basic freedoms of speech, assembly and worship are severely restricted," Mr. Bush said. "Ethnic minorities are persecuted. Forced child labor, human trafficking and rape are common."
    on Sep 25, 2007 By: President Bush Source: New York Times

  3. "I am simply calling for a ballot of the leadership of the Australian Labor Party," he said. "I believe that's the right and responsible course to undertake. My fundamental interests are to preserve the good name and standing of this...
    on Jun 23, 2010 By: Kevin Rudd Source: NEWS.com.au

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