job action

noun

Definition of job action 

: a temporary action (such as a slowdown) by workers as a protest and means of forcing compliance with demands

Examples of job action in a Sentence

The union has threatened a job action if wages are not increased.

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Recent teacher protests in Arizona and Colorado have followed similar job actions in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma. BostonGlobe.com, "Striking Arizona teachers gather at Capitol for third day," 1 May 2018 Austin Beutner became superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District less than two weeks ago, but already unions representing teachers and administrators have staged a protest and a job action. latimes.com, "Today: The ‘Dear Jong’ Letter," 25 May 2018 Tens of thousands of Arizona teachers are poised to participate in a statewide job action this week in an unprecedented walkout to demand more funding for public education. Washington Post, "Q&A: How walkout by Arizona teachers is expected to play out," 25 Apr. 2018 Believing that Schoenfeld had assaulted Koharski, the officiating crew initiated a wildcat job action, refusing to work if Schoenfeld coached that night. Charles P. Pierce, SI.com, "There's a Silver Lining in Having So Many Complaints About NHL Playoff Officiating," 7 May 2018 If the union doesn’t get its demands satisfied and undertakes a job action, who will this help? Alan J. Borsuk, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Borsuk: The Milwaukee teachers union's dicey call for 'bold action' could backfire," 4 May 2018 The job action began last Thursday, resulting in closures of schools that educate the vast majority of Arizona’s 1.1 million public school students. BostonGlobe.com, "Striking Arizona teachers gather at Capitol for third day," 1 May 2018 The unprecedented job action began Thursday and continued Friday, resulting in closures of schools that educate the vast majority of the state's 1.1 million public school students. Fox News, "Arizona schools to remain closed Monday as walkout continues," 28 Apr. 2018 The group says in a Twitter post that between 30,000 and 50,000 are expected to participate in the Thursday job action with 90 school districts expected to shut down. Fox News, "Arizona teachers protest in lead-up to Thursday walkout," 26 Apr. 2018

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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job action

noun

English Language Learners Definition of job action

: something (such as a strike or a slowing of work) done by workers to protest bad conditions, low wages, etc.

job action

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Legal Definition of job action 

: a temporary action (as a slowing of work) by workers on the job that is meant as a protest to force compliance with demands — compare strike

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