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20th Jul '17 8:32:47 PM Skagit
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** About the [[ArtifactTitle name]], while IWW was initially founded with industrial workers in mind they now embrace workers of all professions and will let anyone join as long as they are not a boss.
7th Jun '17 4:59:21 PM zarpaulus
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* One issue of ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' had a "Union of Beggars" who emptied their treasury to hire an assassin after one of their number was killed by a crooked samurai.
3rd Jun '17 12:11:35 PM Jake
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** The same volume also mentions a Guild of Engravers, who are less than enthusiastic about the mechanical typesetting technology that William De Worde's dwarven acquaintances are introducing to the city, and are set up as the primary antagonists... Until a seemingly rather eventful Emergency General Meeting ends with the election of several new officers and a name change to the Guild of Engravers ''and Printers'', and the ''real'' BigBad of the novel turns out to be someone else entirely.
25th May '17 9:29:01 AM mlsmithca
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* Recently, football players at Northwestern University petitioned for, and were granted by the U.S. National Labor Relations Board, the right to organize. Thus creating the possibility of a union of student athletes to lobby for pay (above and beyond scholarships)... something that the NCAA, which governs most student athlete programs, is dead set against. This is wholly different from the Student Union buildings on many college campuses, which is more of an activities center than an actual union.

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* Recently, football Football players at Northwestern University petitioned for, and were granted by the U.S. National Labor Relations Board, the right to organize. Thus creating the possibility of a union of student athletes to lobby for pay (above and beyond scholarships)... something that the NCAA, which governs most student athlete programs, is dead set against. This is wholly different from the Student Union buildings on many college campuses, which is more of an activities center than an actual union.
13th May '17 1:28:01 PM nombretomado
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This is not nearly as much TruthInTelevision as one might think, particularly in the United States but also internationally. As seen on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Unionization_in_the_world.svg the other wiki,]] Sweden is one of the relatively few countries with a majority union workforce; Great Britain did have one before the MargaretThatcher years, and Canada has a workforce more than a quarter unionized. At the apex of the movement in the 1950's, nearly a third of America's workers were unionized, but nowadays that number has dwindled to less than an eighth (and is dropping quickly), relegated mostly to the few remaining states with pro-union laws on the books (California and New York happen to be among them), legacy automobile plants, and the public sector (this one may change very soon).

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This is not nearly as much TruthInTelevision as one might think, particularly in the United States but also internationally. As seen on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Unionization_in_the_world.svg the other wiki,]] Sweden is one of the relatively few countries with a majority union workforce; Great Britain did have one before the MargaretThatcher UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher years, and Canada has a workforce more than a quarter unionized. At the apex of the movement in the 1950's, nearly a third of America's workers were unionized, but nowadays that number has dwindled to less than an eighth (and is dropping quickly), relegated mostly to the few remaining states with pro-union laws on the books (California and New York happen to be among them), legacy automobile plants, and the public sector (this one may change very soon).
7th May '17 5:11:14 AM StFan
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->'''Shrek:''' That's okay buddy. We're from the union.
->'''Elf:''' The union?
->'''Shrek:''' We represent the workers in all magical industries, both evil and benign.
->'''Elf:''' Oh, oh right.
->'''Shrek:''' Are you feeling at all degraded or oppressed?
->'''Elf:''' ''(turns off microphone)'' Uh, a little... We don't even have dental.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}''

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->'''Shrek:''' That's okay buddy. We're from the union.
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'''Elf:'''
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'''Shrek:'''
We represent the workers in all magical industries, both evil and benign.
->'''Elf:'''
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'''Shrek:'''
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'''Elf:''' ''[turns
off microphone)'' microphone]'' Uh, a little... We don't even have dental.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}''
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* Defied by force in ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' #74, when Oracle sends Black Canary and Huntress to break up an effort by Gotham's various {{mooks}} to form a henchperson's union. As the Canary asks, "Can you imagine asking the Joker for full medical and weekends off?"

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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
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Defied by force in ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' #74, when Oracle sends Black Canary and Huntress to break up an effort by Gotham's various {{mooks}} to form a henchperson's union. As the Canary asks, "Can you imagine asking the Joker for full medical and weekends off?"



* The [[LegionOfDoom Secret Society of Super Villains]] is basically a supervillain trade union, especially in its incarnation as "The Society."

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* The [[LegionOfDoom Secret Society of Super Villains]] is basically a supervillain trade union, especially in its incarnation as "The Society."Society".



* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}} In America'' has a meeting of "The League of Distressed Gangsters."

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* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}} In in America'' has a meeting of "The League of Distressed Gangsters."Gangsters".



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* ''ComicStrip/{{Barnaby}}''. Mr. O'Malley is a card-carrying member of the Elves, Leprechauns, Gnomes and Little Men's Chowder and Marching Society. [[http://www.k-state.edu/english/nelp/purple/characters/cartoons.html See Characters @ Crockett Johnson Home Page]]
* The werewolf parody which opens [[ComicStrip/TheFarSide Gary Larson's]] book ''The Curse of Madam C'' features a member of a Doomsayer's Union warning Larson's AuthorAvatar about "Madame C".
* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' had Santa's elves organized into the "Professional Elves Toy-making and Craft Organization", and later there was a Comic Strip Characters' Union. If you're wondering about the interesting acronym (PETCO), then-President Ronald Reagan had recently fired every member of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers' Organization (PATCO) for going on strike.
* The AnimatedActors in ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor'' are said in an early strip to form Local 428 of the Federated Sisterhood of Lesbian Comic Strip Characters.
* An arc in a strip which ran in the U.S. military's newspaper, ''Stars and Stripes'', in the early 1980s, involved a modern-day Confederate officer who at one point showed his membership card for the Association of Bona-Fide Southern [[BreakingTheFourthWall Cartoon Characters]]. "Y'all will pleeze notice that's signed by WesternAnimation/FoghornLeghorn hisse'f!" To which an audience member exclaims, "Wow! Co-signed by Deputy Dawg!"
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** The Guild of Seamstress ("They call themselves ''seamstresses''... ''[[CoughSnarkCough hem]]'', ''[[IncrediblyLamePun hem]]!''") gets a fair amount of both serious and comedic attention, starting with their leader being called [[ADateWithRosiePalms Rose Palm and her female underlings being referred to as "daughters"]]. The fact that the "Seamstresses" Guild does not include actual seamstresses is dealt with surprisingly seriously in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', where miserable (and technically legal) sweatshops are depicted. The Guild also keeps a few genuine seamstresses, as in women who can darn socks and mend holes in clothes, on hand for when people inevitably get them mixed up (and so that men can get their socks darned while they "[[UnusualEuphemism get their socks darned]]"). Some of those ladies earn more than the regular guild members because the misunderstanding is so widespread.

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** The Guild of Seamstress ("They call themselves ''seamstresses''... ''[[CoughSnarkCough hem]]'', ''[[IncrediblyLamePun ''[[{{Pun}} hem]]!''") gets a fair amount of both serious and comedic attention, starting with their leader being called [[ADateWithRosiePalms Rose Palm and her female underlings being referred to as "daughters"]]. The fact that the "Seamstresses" Guild does not include actual seamstresses is dealt with surprisingly seriously in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', where miserable (and technically legal) sweatshops are depicted. The Guild also keeps a few genuine seamstresses, as in women who can darn socks and mend holes in clothes, on hand for when people inevitably get them mixed up (and so that men can get their socks darned while they "[[UnusualEuphemism get their socks darned]]"). Some of those ladies earn more than the regular guild members because the misunderstanding is so widespread.



** The Thieves Guild operates interestingly and has played a background but persistent role in several books. It's a bit like an insurance agency crossed with a protection racket. You pay a fee to the Guild a few times a year and they're bound by contract not to mug/rob/steal from you. The more you pay, the better the contract. Simple ones include muggings that leave you with a few bruises, and high-tier ones see a thief politely tip his hat, flash his license, accept a coin, and walk away. The Guild offsets these structured crimes by coming down very, ''very'' hard on criminals who operate without a license--much harder than the legal authorities (unlicensed thieves ''pray'' to be caught by the Watch before the Guild). Net result: when the Thieves Guild goes on strike, the crime rate goes ''up''. After this happened, the Watch fell into disuse for a while, because the Guilds just had to work less to reduce crime a lot, while the Watch would have to work themselves ragged. There was a genuine protection racket at one point, in the Guild of Firefighters, which was immediately disbanded. They have now been largely superseded by the city's fireproof Golem population, which are compelled by the words in their head to prevent the spread of fires.

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** The Thieves Guild operates interestingly and has played a background but persistent role in several books. It's a bit like an insurance agency crossed with a protection racket. You pay a fee to the Guild a few times a year and they're bound by contract not to mug/rob/steal from you. The more you pay, the better the contract. Simple ones include muggings that leave you with a few bruises, and high-tier ones see a thief politely tip his hat, flash his license, accept a coin, and walk away. The Guild offsets these structured crimes by coming down very, ''very'' hard on criminals who operate without a license--much license -- much harder than the legal authorities (unlicensed thieves ''pray'' to be caught by the Watch before the Guild). Net result: when the Thieves Guild goes on strike, the crime rate goes ''up''. After this happened, the Watch fell into disuse for a while, because the Guilds just had to work less to reduce crime a lot, while the Watch would have to work themselves ragged. There was a genuine protection racket at one point, in the Guild of Firefighters, which was immediately disbanded. They have now been largely superseded by the city's fireproof Golem population, which are compelled by the words in their head to prevent the spread of fires.



** Another one-man Guild, the Guild of Victims, consists of one guy who serves as a stand-in for people who pay the Thieves' Guild to mug them at a specified time and place each year, thereby getting all their year's share of crimes taken care of when it's convenient - so, yes, he's paid to get beaten up and robbed. The Guild of Thieves are worried that this makes the whole thing look ridiculous.

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** Another one-man Guild, the Guild of Victims, consists of one guy who serves as a stand-in for people who pay the Thieves' Guild to mug them at a specified time and place each year, thereby getting all their year's share of crimes taken care of when it's convenient - -- so, yes, he's paid to get beaten up and robbed. The Guild of Thieves are worried that this makes the whole thing look ridiculous.



** There is even a Dog Guild--or rather, there ''was'' one--which made a surprising amount of sense, as dogs have complex social hierarchies, mark territories, work in packs, etc. It wasn't recognized outside it's own membership (only a few dozen dogs were actually members) and was really more of a personality cult.

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** There is even a Dog Guild--or Guild -- or rather, there ''was'' one--which one -- which made a surprising amount of sense, as dogs have complex social hierarchies, mark territories, work in packs, etc. It wasn't recognized outside it's its own membership (only a few dozen dogs were actually members) and was really more of a personality cult.



* DavidGerrold's ''Star Wolf'' novel series mentions that the enlisted crewmembers aboard the ship are unionized, something generally unheard of in any military force.

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* DavidGerrold's Creator/DavidGerrold's ''Star Wolf'' novel series mentions that the enlisted crewmembers aboard the ship are unionized, something generally unheard of in any military force.



* ''Series/GetSmart'': In the episode "Strike While the Agent is Hot" Max takes over the "Spies' Guild" negotiations with the Chief, and is irked when he discovers that KAOS agents get better fringe benefits than CONTROL agents.
** CONTROL paid better salaries, though.

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* ''Series/GetSmart'': In the episode "Strike While the Agent is Hot" Max takes over the "Spies' Guild" negotiations with the Chief, and is irked when he discovers that KAOS agents get better fringe benefits than CONTROL agents.
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agents. CONTROL paid better salaries, though.



* In something of a play on this, Stringer Bell in ''Series/TheWire'' tries to get drug syndicate meetings to run according to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert%27s_Rules_of_Order Robert's Rules of Order]] (as in your classic chair meeting, with members "taking the floor", making "Points of Order" etc). HilarityEnsues.
-->'''Stromger:''' You ain't got the floor. [[SophisticatedAsHell Chair don't recognise yo' ass.]]

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* ''Series/TheWire'':
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In something of a play on this, Stringer Bell in ''Series/TheWire'' tries to get drug syndicate meetings to run according to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert%27s_Rules_of_Order Robert's Rules of Order]] (as in your classic chair meeting, with members "taking the floor", making "Points of Order" etc). HilarityEnsues.
-->'''Stromger:''' --->'''Stromger:''' You ain't got the floor. [[SophisticatedAsHell Chair don't recognise yo' ass.]]



* ''Series/BabylonFive'' combines this with BlackComedy when Centauri Emperor [[TheCaligula Cartagia]], his hands deep red with blood (but otherwise in an impeccable white uniform) starts talking about his attempts to make G'Kar scream, but takes a tangent into rolling his eyes about unions:
-->"Did you know we assigned one of our best [[TortureTechnician pain technicians]] -- 'pain technicians', they used to be called 'torturers', ever since they got organized it's '[[InsistentTerminology pain technicians]]'..."

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' combines this ''Series/BabylonFive'':
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with BlackComedy when Centauri Emperor [[TheCaligula Cartagia]], his hands deep red with blood (but otherwise in an impeccable white uniform) starts talking about his attempts to make G'Kar scream, but takes a tangent into rolling his eyes about unions:
-->"Did --->'''Cartagia:''' Did you know we assigned one of our best [[TortureTechnician pain technicians]] -- 'pain technicians', "pain technicians", they used to be called 'torturers', "torturers", ever since they got organized it's '[[InsistentTerminology "[[InsistentTerminology pain technicians]]'..."technicians]]"...



* There's a brief arc on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' where Pearl attempts to join the League of Mad Scientists.

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'':
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There's a brief arc on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' where Pearl attempts to join the League of Mad Scientists.



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* ''ComicStrip/{{Barnaby}}''. Mr. O'Malley is a card-carrying member of the Elves, Leprechauns, Gnomes and Little Men's Chowder and Marching Society. [[http://www.k-state.edu/english/nelp/purple/characters/cartoons.html See Characters @ Crockett Johnson Home Page]]
* The werewolf parody which opens [[ComicStrip/TheFarSide Gary Larson's]] book ''The Curse of Madam C'' features a member of a Doomsayer's Union warning Larson's AuthorAvatar about "Madame C".
* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' had Santa's elves organized into the "Professional Elves Toy-making and Craft Organization", and later there was a Comic Strip Characters' Union.
** If you're wondering about the interesting acronym (PETCO), then-President Ronald Reagan had recently fired every member of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers' Organization (PATCO) for going on strike.
* The AnimatedActors in ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor'' are said in an early strip to form Local 428 of the Federated Sisterhood of Lesbian Comic Strip Characters.
* An arc in a strip which ran in the U.S. military's newspaper, ''Stars and Stripes'', in the early 1980s, involved a modern-day Confederate officer who at one point showed his membership card for the Association of Bona-Fide Southern [[BreakingTheFourthWall Cartoon Characters]]. "Y'all will pleeze notice that's signed by WesternAnimation/FoghornLeghorn hisse'f!" To which an audience member exclaims, "Wow! Co-signed by Deputy Dawg!"
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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has Ravnica, the city of guilds, with ten guilds, each dedicated to a particular two-color combination of mana. They don't all act like traditional guilds, though. While the Golgari Swarm (farmers), Izzet League (engineers/public works), and Simic Combine (fantasy equivalent of genetic engineers/medical sciences) do, there's also the Orzhov Syndicate ([[PathOfInspiration an evil church]] and [[AmoralAttorney source of lawyers]]), Boros Legion (military and police), Cult of Rakdos ([[TheHedonist nonstop party]]--and owner of most mines and foundries, [[MadeASlave because they provide the laborers]]), the Selesnya Conclave (HiveMind and literal spirit of the law), the Azorius Senate (the letter of the law), the Gruul Clans (barbarians), and House Dimir ([[BlatantLies which doesn't exist and never did]], but if it did exist, [[TooDumbToLive did so only to oppose the guildpact]] [[note]]Szadek, ''parun'' of the Dimir, never liked the Guildpact and is indeed planning to overthrow it. But, since the magic behind it required symmetry, i.e. a member of each possible combination of colors, he could demand concessions from the others before signing.[[/note]]). Each one gets a game mechanic, and in lore, each is magically compelled on some level or another to fulfill their function.
** Return to Ravnica, revisiting the setting several years later, has had the guilds undergo (for lack of a better term) CharacterDevelopment in the interim. Among other changes, the Boros and Selesnya both have become {{Knight Templar}}s; the Dimir are now a cross between the public library system, a ThievesGuild, and homeland security; and the Rakdos are now in charge of most of Ravnica's [[CutLexLuthorACheck entertainment and leisure industries, from carnivals to restaurants.]]
* Unions are obviously banned in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' (since unions are a communist notion, and communism is treason) but there ''are'' groups of weird individuals with their own rules, obligations and entitlements. Of course, protests require official permission, unless you want to get blasted - though the game's logic dictates that even ''with'' permission, you'll probably still get blasted. It's not like union rules can actually prevent that happening. At least the paperwork will be in order.

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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has Ravnica, the city of guilds, with ten guilds, each dedicated to a particular two-color combination of mana. They don't all act like traditional guilds, though. While the Golgari Swarm (farmers), Izzet League (engineers/public works), and Simic Combine (fantasy equivalent of genetic engineers/medical sciences) do, there's also the Orzhov Syndicate ([[PathOfInspiration an evil church]] and [[AmoralAttorney source of lawyers]]), Boros Legion (military and police), Cult of Rakdos ([[TheHedonist nonstop party]]--and owner of most mines and foundries, [[MadeASlave because they provide the laborers]]), the Selesnya Conclave (HiveMind and literal spirit of the law), the Azorius Senate (the letter of the law), the Gruul Clans (barbarians), and House Dimir ([[BlatantLies which doesn't exist and never did]], but if it did exist, [[TooDumbToLive did so only to oppose the guildpact]] [[note]]Szadek, ''parun'' of the Dimir, never liked the Guildpact and is indeed planning to overthrow it. But, since the magic behind it required symmetry, i.e. a member of each possible combination of colors, he could demand concessions from the others before signing.[[/note]]). Each one gets a game mechanic, and in lore, each is magically compelled on some level or another to fulfill their function.
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to Ravnica, Ravnica", revisiting the setting several years later, has had the guilds undergo (for lack of a better term) CharacterDevelopment in the interim. Among other changes, the Boros and Selesnya both have become {{Knight Templar}}s; the Dimir are now a cross between the public library system, a ThievesGuild, and homeland security; and the Rakdos are now in charge of most of Ravnica's [[CutLexLuthorACheck entertainment and leisure industries, from carnivals to restaurants.]]
* Unions are obviously banned in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' (since unions are a communist notion, and communism is treason) but there ''are'' groups of weird individuals with their own rules, obligations and entitlements. Of course, protests require official permission, unless you want to get blasted - -- though the game's logic dictates that even ''with'' permission, you'll probably still get blasted. It's not like union rules can actually prevent that happening. At least the paperwork will be in order.



* Most ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' settings have at least a few guilds here and there, for assassins, thieves, mages, and whatnot. The TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} setting is notable in that it has dragonmarked (think birthmarks that look like cool tattoos) houses that function as guilds for providing certain goods or services--banking, healing, mercenaries, smiths, travel... Depending on the individual involved, they might overlook "scabs" (i.e. adventurers)--but they are very wary of people manifesting "aberrant" dragonmarks--ones that don't conform in power or appearance to the twelve known ones...possibly because there used to be ''thirteen''...

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* Most ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' settings have at least a few guilds here and there, for assassins, thieves, mages, and whatnot. The TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} setting is notable in that it has dragonmarked (think birthmarks that look like cool tattoos) houses that function as guilds for providing certain goods or services--banking, services -- banking, healing, mercenaries, smiths, travel... Depending on the individual involved, they might overlook "scabs" (i.e. adventurers)--but adventurers) -- but they are very wary of people manifesting "aberrant" dragonmarks--ones dragonmarks -- ones that don't conform in power or appearance to the twelve known ones...ones... possibly because there used to be ''thirteen''...



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* A deleted scene from season 5 of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' apparently showed the ship that crashed into Blood Gulch did have a pilot, but he wouldn't fly them out because he was in the union and didn't have to do anything. This made him a hero to perpetual slacker Griff.
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* TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons adventurers in the ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' webcomic get their henchmen from the Henchmen's Union. Amongst their bylaws is one stating that they're not allowed to pass on unless there's no chance of their employers being able to cough up a resurrection spell.
** Ralph, the toad from ''Webcomic/{{Yamara}}'', has mentioned his membership in a Familiars' Guild.
* [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0717.html The slave drivers union]] in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
* In ''Webcomic/TriggerStar'', Hash belongs to the Offensive Ethnic Stereotypes Union (African-American chapter).
** He can actually be kicked out for displaying evidence that he's got an actual personality.

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* TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' adventurers in the ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' webcomic get their henchmen from the Henchmen's Union. Amongst their bylaws is one stating that they're not allowed to pass on unless there's no chance of their employers being able to cough up a resurrection spell.
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spell. Not that they help much, what with their president being a hamster installed by the Adventurer's Guild. There's also their evil counterpart the Brotherhood of Evil Henchmen, led by [[BigBad Baphuma'al]] in disguise.
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Ralph, the toad from ''Webcomic/{{Yamara}}'', has mentioned his membership in a Familiars' Guild.
* [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0717.html The slave drivers union]] in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is seen on strike.
* In ''Webcomic/TriggerStar'', Hash belongs to the Offensive Ethnic Stereotypes Union (African-American chapter).
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chapter). He can actually be kicked out for displaying evidence that he's got an actual personality.



* Averted in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''. While Monique tried to Unionize the succubi, [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-04-19 here]], the results weren't [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-04-21 very productive.]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Some days you just can't make a]] DealWithTheDevil.

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* Averted in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''. While Monique tried to Unionize the succubi, [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-04-19 here]], the results weren't [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-04-21 very productive.]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Some days you just can't make a]] a DealWithTheDevil.



* ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' belongs to the Henchman's Union, not that they help much what with their president being a hamster installed by the Adventurer's Guild. There's also their evil counterpart the Brotherhood of Evil Henchmen, led by [[BigBad Baphuma'al]] in disguise.



* A deleted scene from season 5 of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' apparently showed the ship that crashed into Blood Gulch did have a pilot, but he wouldn't fly them out because he was in the union and didn't have to do anything. This made him a hero to perpetual slacker Griff.



** The Guild of Calamitous Intent is apparently an omnipotent conspiracy/trade union for all the villains seeking to conquer the world. Its regulations cover all manner of supervillainy, from {{deathtrap}}s to dealing with police. They also provide services to heroes by matching them with appropriate and licensed villains. They do however set up strict rules for both [[strike: good-guys]] protagonists and [[strike: bad-guys]] antagonists to follow.

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** The Guild of Calamitous Intent is apparently an omnipotent conspiracy/trade union for all the villains seeking to conquer the world. Its regulations cover all manner of supervillainy, from {{deathtrap}}s to dealing with police. They also provide services to heroes by matching them with appropriate and licensed villains. They do however set up strict rules for both [[strike: good-guys]] protagonists and [[strike: bad-guys]] antagonists to follow.



** Vestigial, but ongoing: there are Worshipful Companies of Information Technologists and Tax Advisors, the latter formed in the 21st century. These are established in part for the prestige they give to their members, but also because the Livery Companies--both the archaic ones which are effectively social clubs or charities completely divorced from their industries (if those industries even ''exist'' anymore) and the more modern ones--have an important role in the government of the City of London.

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** Vestigial, but ongoing: there are Worshipful Companies of Information Technologists and Tax Advisors, the latter formed in the 21st century. These are established in part for the prestige they give to their members, but also because the Livery Companies--both Companies -- both the archaic ones which are effectively social clubs or charities completely divorced from their industries (if those industries even ''exist'' anymore) and the more modern ones--have ones -- have an important role in the government of the City of London.



* Recently, football players at Northwestern University petitioned for, and were granted by the U.S. National Labor Relations Board, the right to organize. Thus creating the possibility of a union of student athletes to lobby for pay (above and beyond scholarships)...something that the NCAA, which governs most student athlete programs, is dead set against. This is wholly different from the Student Union buildings on many college campuses, which is more of an activities center than an actual union.

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* Recently, football players at Northwestern University petitioned for, and were granted by the U.S. National Labor Relations Board, the right to organize. Thus creating the possibility of a union of student athletes to lobby for pay (above and beyond scholarships)... something that the NCAA, which governs most student athlete programs, is dead set against. This is wholly different from the Student Union buildings on many college campuses, which is more of an activities center than an actual union.
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* In ''[[Film/StTrinians The Wildcats of St. Trinian's]]'' the girls of the eponymous school decide to go on strike after they decide they've been given too much schoolwork to do, ultimately forming (via devious means) a national union of schoolgirls and holding the government to account, despite the establishment's attempt to stop them by equally devious means.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': The Guild of Calamitous Intent is apparently an omnipotent conspiracy/trade union for all the villains seeking to conquer the world. Its regulations cover all manner of supervillainy, from {{deathtrap}}s to dealing with police. They also provide services to heroes by matching them with appropriate and licensed villains. They do however set up strict rules for both [[strike: good-guys]] protagonists and [[strike: bad-guys]] antagonists to follow.

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The Guild of Calamitous Intent is apparently an omnipotent conspiracy/trade union for all the villains seeking to conquer the world. Its regulations cover all manner of supervillainy, from {{deathtrap}}s to dealing with police. They also provide services to heroes by matching them with appropriate and licensed villains. They do however set up strict rules for both [[strike: good-guys]] protagonists and [[strike: bad-guys]] antagonists to follow.


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** The trope is played even more literally in "The Doctor Is Sin". Dr. Venture admits that one of the reasons Venture Industries has not been productive is that it's a union shop and the workers have been on strike for years. So Dr. Killinger "negotiates" on his behalf with the "machine workers, nuclear engineering, and custodial super-science unions" and replaces his workforce with scabs.
23rd Jan '17 10:56:27 PM Geoduck
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* An arc in a strip which ran in the U.S. military's newspaper, ''Stars and Stripes'', in the early 1980s, involved a modern-day Confederate officer who at one point showed his membership card for the Association of Bona-Fide Southern [[BreakingTheFourthWall Cartoon Characters]]. "Y'all will pleeze notice that's signed by [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Foghorn Leghorn]] hisse'f!" To which an audience member exclaims, "Wow! Co-signed by Deputy Dawg!"

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* An arc in a strip which ran in the U.S. military's newspaper, ''Stars and Stripes'', in the early 1980s, involved a modern-day Confederate officer who at one point showed his membership card for the Association of Bona-Fide Southern [[BreakingTheFourthWall Cartoon Characters]]. "Y'all will pleeze notice that's signed by [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Foghorn Leghorn]] WesternAnimation/FoghornLeghorn hisse'f!" To which an audience member exclaims, "Wow! Co-signed by Deputy Dawg!"
12th Jan '17 9:10:25 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' involves business owners and entrpreneurs going on strike when laws become too restrictive for them, causing society to collapse. The owners simply walk away from their businesses. Skilled workers, some for similar motives and some in sympathy with their former bosses, refuse to accept promotions or greater responsibility

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* ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' involves business owners and entrpreneurs entrepreneurs going on strike when laws become too restrictive for them, causing society to collapse. The owners simply walk away from their businesses. Skilled workers, some for similar motives and some in sympathy with their former bosses, refuse to accept promotions or greater responsibility


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* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': Assassins and thieves organized themselves into guilds in most cities. Sam (assassin) and Arcie (thief) had both been members of their respective guilds, with the latter a guildmaster.
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