job action


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

Example Sentences

The union has threatened a job action if wages are not increased.
Recent Examples on the Web However, Shindle said the union has been speaking with members on tour and readying them for the possibility of a job action. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Apr. 2023 But this job action is different. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2023 The players, while having taken job action, were not and are not in a legal strike position under Ontario labor law. Asif Burhan, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2023 Thursday’s job action comes amid an expansion of the NewsGuild, part of the Communications Workers of America. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2022 The ensuing job action involved more than 100,000 workers and brought the city to a halt. Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 The job action was short-lived as the village and police union reached a tentative agreement and planned to work on negotiating a new contract to replace one that had lapsed in 2020. Mike Nolan,, 31 Dec. 2021 The union, at the time, said the issues were not due to any official or unofficial job action. Chris Morris, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2021 By Friday night, department officials suspected a job action was underway at several fire stations in response to the mandate. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 30 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of job action was in 1932

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“Job action.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Legal Definition

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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