job action


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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Getting dressed for that kind of on-the-job action was a tricky business that began with scholarly research. Leah Garchik,, "The indisputable, sometimes contradictory, rules of gala gowns," 28 Aug. 2019 Where Amazon workers plan job actions The US Workers at a Shakopee, Minnesota fulfillment center will be walking out during a six-hour period that overlaps with the end of the facility’s morning shift and the start of its evening shift. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Amazon warehouse workers around the world are striking for Prime Day," 15 July 2019 There remains the possibility that unions will ramp up pressure on the supermarket chains by staging various job actions, such as asking customers to boycott certain stores. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Grocery chains, union leaders end latest round of talks with no resolution," 12 July 2019 That job action, like the iconic national Pullman strike a year earlier, was triggered by economic hardship and poor working conditions. Phil Primack,, "Guess which Massachusetts town elected the nation’s first socialist mayor," 14 June 2019 The Las Vegas area saw one of the longest job actions in the history of the nation, the Frontier strike that began in 1991 and ended more than six years later after a buyer bought the Frontier and settled with workers. NBC News, "Las Vegas casino workers vote to authorize strike," 23 May 2018 Germany’s powerful service-workers’ union has held a number of job actions over pay and working conditions in recent years. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Whole Foods Workers Push to Unionize," 6 Sep. 2018 Powerful groups usually hold their fire for a while when a new leader takes charge of the city's schools, but the unions representing teachers and administrators are staging job actions and protests right away. Shelby Grad,, "Essential California: Weinstein faces legal consequences," 25 May 2018 Recent teacher protests in Arizona and Colorado have followed similar job actions in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma., "Striking Arizona teachers gather at Capitol for third day," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of job action

1932, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of job action

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

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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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