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 Metro also plans to save nearly $43 million by reducing contracts with its paratransit provider, reducing the number of station managers on duty and laying off nonunion workers. Justin George, Washington Post, "Metro will need to cut more than $200 million from its budget unless it gets more federal aid," 9 Sep. 2020 Musk himself has been fiercely critical of unionization efforts at his nonunion plants, which have come under fire for their dangerous working conditions. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Elon Musk Thinks His Treatment of Workers Is a “Trade Secret”," 2 Sep. 2020 The model is built in Everett, Washington, as well as at a nonunion factory in South Carolina. Julie Johnsson,, "Boeing Grounds Eight 787 Jets After Flaws Create Risk of Failure," 29 Aug. 2020 According to his suit, the village revoked a 2.5% contractual pay increase that all nonunion employees, including Carlson, were to receive on July 1, 2019, due to his failure to move. Zak Koeske,, "Former Mokena police commander appeals ‘illegal’ termination over failure to meet village residency requirements," 19 Aug. 2020 The team was sold on the nonunion show as a serious documentary series that could bring Kelly's alleged actions to a greater audience. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why the First 'Surviving R. Kelly' Editing Team Resigned," 12 Aug. 2020 Bath President Dirk Lesko defended the search for nonunion workers in a July 2 letter to employees obtained by Breaking Defense. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Is the Pentagon heading for a showdown with Trump over the Confederate flag?," 7 July 2020 Today, over half of private sector, nonunion contracts have them, as well as two-thirds of all big companies. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "Monopolies Make Their Own Rules," 7 July 2020 American automakers have lost half their market share to foreign competitors, several of which have successful nonunion factories in the U.S. Annie White, Car and Driver, "Why The Auto Industry Is the Greatest Industry of All Time," 4 July 2020

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First Known Use of nonunion

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Sep 2020

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“Nonunion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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