An union is an organization that develops where a workforce/student body, who have a common trade or work/study at the same establishment, band together in order to take advantage of the increased power of collective bargaining.
As organized laborEdit
Student unions are student-run organizations that represent students both within a school and externally on local and national student-related issues. As such, student unions were common fixtures in Federation and Lyran universities.
21st century Quebec student unions worked by tiers: department-level unions, like the PHYSUM, was subordinate to institution-level unions, like the FAÉCUM, themselves grouped into province-wide unions. However, department-level unions held the power to declare strikes independently of upper tiers. (Star Trek: The Stoneship Files: "Rode the 300", "The Defector (TSF)")