non·​union | \ ˌnän-ˈyün-yən \

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.

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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 In any regards, Rahm put Rauner's wife, Diana, on his 2011 educational transition team, which helped pilot the conversion of unionized public schools into nonunion charters. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / Race Phony feud: Don’t be fooled by the Twitter barbs between Rahm and Rauner over Dan Ryan protest," 9 July 2018 Last month, the Supreme Court dealt a tough blow to organized labor in Janus v. AFSCME, which held that nonunion public workers could not be forced to pay agency fees to public-sector unions. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Trump administration to dump Obama-era rule allowing unions to siphon Medicaid money," 10 July 2018 Union workers now earn about 20 percent more than nonunion workers in similar jobs. Susan Dynarski, New York Times, "Fresh Proof That Strong Unions Help Reduce Income Inequality," 6 July 2018 Writing for a conservative majority, Justice Samuel Alito struck down state laws that allow public sector unions to charge nonunion members for the costs of bargaining and job protections. James Feigenbaum, Washington Post, "The Supreme Court just dealt unions a big blow in Janus. Here’s what you need to know about the political fallout.," 27 June 2018 Twenty-two states – including populous ones such as California, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania – have allowed unions to assess the fees on nonunion members, who benefit from collective-bargaining agreements anyway. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court rules against unions: How labor decision will affect union pay, benefits," 27 June 2018 But both sides still can't agree to how much work can be carried out by nonunion firms. Steve Vockrodt And Bill Turque, kansascity, "Developer sets new opening date, project budget for KCI single terminal," 21 June 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 \

Medical Definition of nonunion

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


non·​union | \ ˌnän-ˈyü-nyən \

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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