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Diagram published by the Industrial Workers of Great Britain explaining industrial unionism in terms of two opposing battle fronts.

Industrial unionism is a labour union organizing method through which all workers in the same industry are organized into the same union—regardless of skill or trade—thus giving workers in one industry, or in all industries, more leverage in bargaining and in strike situations. Advocates of industrial unionism value its contributions to building unity and solidarity, many suggesting the slogans, "an injury to one is an injury to all" and "the longer the picket line, the shorter the strike."

Industrial unionism contrasts with craft unionism, which organizes workers along lines of their specific trades, i.e., workers using the same kind of tools, or doing the same kind of work with approximately the same level of skill,<ref>Marion Dutton Savage, Industrial Unionism in America, 1922, page 3.</ref> even if this leads to multiple union locals (with different contracts, and different expiration dates) in the same workplace.

Industrial unionism sections
Intro  Perceived disadvantages of craft unionism  Arguments for industrial unionism  Spirit and philosophy of industrial unionism  History of industrial unionism  Revolutionary industrial unionism  Political parties and industrial unionism  Industrial unionism outside the United States  See also  Footnotes  External links  

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