non·​union | \ ˌnän-ˈyün-yən How to pronounce nonunion (audio) \

Definition of nonunion

1 : not belonging to or connected with a trade union nonunion carpenters
2 : not recognizing or favoring trade unions or their members
3 : not produced or worked on by members of a trade union nonunion lettuce

Examples of nonunion in a Sentence

They are cutting costs by using nonunion labor. It's a nonunion construction firm.

Recent Examples on the Web

The promoter had already hosted the concert multiple times with nonunion workers. Milton J. Valencia,, "Three years later, roller-coaster City Hall extortion case is going to trial," 14 July 2019 The contract is being watched by more than just union members because some GE nonunion sites follow the terms of the agreement, including changes to health-care benefits, at many sites, according to union officials and nonunion workers. Thomas Gryta, WSJ, "GE Union Workers Reject New Labor Deal," 10 July 2019 Krebs said the gap between unionized and nonunion plants is shrinking. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Volkswagen's factory workers in the US reject union," 15 June 2019 Meanwhile, Carney says, GE got around its unions by opening a new aviation factory in Alabama last year with nonunion labor and expanding another one in that state this year. Jon Chesto,, "In GE contract talks, job security is apt to be the union’s focus," 9 June 2019 If your weld training is formal and under the auspices of a union, nonunion construction organization, or technical school, some form of certification will be part of your training. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 Hormel was threatened by new rivals with nonunion plants and far lower wages. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Richard Knowlton Saved Maker of Spam From the Meat Grinder," 22 Feb. 2019 The funding shortfall has also forced NJ Transit to reduce nonessential maintenance, cut hiring and freeze nonunion wages for eight years, auditors found. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Audit Shows NJ Transit Riddled With Delays, Funding Gaps," 9 Oct. 2018 Union Pacific had a little more than 42,000 employees as of June 30, including 6,300 nonunion workers. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "Union Pacific to Lay Off Nearly 500 Workers," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of nonunion

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of nonunion

: not belonging to a labor union
: not accepting labor unions : not having employees who are members of a labor union


non·​union | \ -ˈyün-yən How to pronounce nonunion (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonunion

: failure of the fragments of a broken bone to knit together


non·​union | \ ˌnän-ˈyü-nyən How to pronounce nonunion (audio) \

Legal Definition of nonunion

1 : not belonging to or connected with a labor union nonunion carpenters
2 : not recognizing or favoring labor unions or their members
3 : not produced or worked on by members of a labor union nonunion lettuce

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