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.
Recent Examples on the Web The lost hammered Southwest Ohio’s five systems, which closed offices and imposed wage cuts, furloughs, workweek cutbacks and other job actions to stem the drain. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio: Hospitals resumed elective surgeries. Here's what you need to know.," 4 May 2020 The recent figures don't compare to 20th century job actions, of course. Daniela Sirtori-cortina, CNN, "The economy is roaring. So why are more workers striking?," 19 Feb. 2020 The vote, held at Newton North High School’s Lasker Auditorium, came after 15 months of negotiations and a series of job actions and protests by union members who had been frustrated by the pace of talks. BostonGlobe.com, "The agreement spans three years from September 2020 to August 2023, plus a one-year deal for the current school year, he said.," 19 Dec. 2019 The job action was an apparent protest to an IPS decision last month to switch transportation service providers at the end of the school year, when its contract with Durham School Services expires. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "IPS buses running on schedule Monday, but there may be some delays," 2 Mar. 2020 The largest job action of 2019 involved 92,700 North Carolina public school teachers who walked the picket line on May 1, International Workers' Day. Daniela Sirtori-cortina, CNN, "The economy is roaring. So why are more workers striking?," 19 Feb. 2020 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last month said the job action, among other factors, may have reduced U.S. output in 2019. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Boeing’s Woes Create Headwinds for U.S. Economy," 2 Feb. 2020 According to the Newton Teachers Association, the job action is intended to affect the administration, mayor, and School Committee, rather than students. BostonGlobe.com, "The job action is coming on the heels of a three-day strike by Dedham teachers that ended this week with the ratification of a new contract.," 1 Nov. 2019 The job action is coming on the heels of a three-day strike by Dedham teachers that ended this week with the ratification of a new contract. BostonGlobe.com, "The job action is coming on the heels of a three-day strike by Dedham teachers that ended this week with the ratification of a new contract.," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of job action

1932, in the meaning defined above

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“Job action.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/job%20action. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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job action

noun

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.

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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