Social Unionism Law and Legal Definition

Social Unionism is a concept in which unions look beyond immediate objectives and try to reform social conditions of the workers. Unionism may also be considered as a means of appealing to needs of members which are not necessarily economic. In social unionism programs with regard to education, health, welfare, artistic, recreation, and citizenship are designed to attempt to satisfy needs of members' whole personalities. Social unionists believe that labor has an obligation to better the general society.

Social Unionism attempts to integrate workers, trade unions and the labor movement into broader coalitions for social and economic justice. In principle, unions and other organizations support each other in what are seen as mutually beneficial goals.