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LABOR. Continued operation; work.
     2. The labor and skill of one man is frequently used in a partnership, and valued as equal to the capital of another.
     3. When business has been done for another, and suit is brought to recover a just reward, there is generally contained in the declaration, a count for work and labor.
     4. Where penitentiaries exist, persons who have committed crimes are condemned to be imprisoned therein at labor.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Tuesday's unanimous vote capped protracted labor negotiations that fell in the middle of the most difficult budget-planning season in memory.
The co-op recently settled one of the longest protracted labor disputes in California history by agreeing to certify the Teamsters union to present employees at its plant in Stockton, Calif.
Last spring, he discovered obstetric fistula in Africa--the tear between the birth canal and the lower intestine that can happen during protracted labor and that, unless corrected, condemns a woman to a lifetime of physical misery and social ostracism.
LOS ANGELES -- Negotiations to end the bitter, four-month-old grocery store strike in southern California have resumed, leaving mediators cautiously optimistic that the supermarket chains and labor unions have begun moving to end the protracted labor stalemate, already one of the longest in the nation's history.
The intense, protracted labor involved in combining and transforming these banal materials into a cherishable object served to highlight the at once commonplace and extraordinary nature of our entrance into and departure from this world.