picket line


Definition of picket line

1 : a position held by a line of military pickets
2 : a line of people picketing a business, organization, or institution

Examples of picket line in a Sentence

She joined her coworkers on the picket line.

Recent Examples on the Web

The district has hired hundreds of substitutes to replace educators and staff members who left for picket lines, a move that the teachers union has called irresponsible. Christopher Weber, The Seattle Times, "Parents wonder if kids are learning amid Los Angeles strike," 14 Jan. 2019 Those talks seem to have broken down, prompting the Beefeaters to stage a picket line again on January 7, and now on January 22. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Beefeaters Continue to Strike at the Tower of London," 22 Jan. 2019 Thousands of educators walked off the job and joined picket lines in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Colorado, citing low wages and a crippling lack of school funding. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Education Workers on Campuses Around the Country Are Demanding Better Labor Conditions," 10 Jan. 2019 Hundreds of classes have been canceled or moved to other locations to avoid picket lines. Dawn Rhodes, chicagotribune.com, "Grad students, U. of I. reach tentative contract agreement to end strike," 8 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile in Southern California, at the picket line at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, an SUV slowly drove through a crowd of protesters blocking a street outside the medical center, according to the Associated Press. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Picket line forms at UC Davis Med Center as three-day strike begins across UC system | The Sacramento Bee," 7 May 2018 Approximately 53,000 hospital workers are to hit the picket lines on Monday at 6 a.m., to protest stagnating contract negotiations with the University of California. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Will I have to reschedule a hospital procedure? Here's what patients need to know about UC Davis strike | The Sacramento Bee," 7 May 2018 After a month without a contract, union employees applied new pressure to casino properties Friday by running picket lines of hundreds of workers on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. David Montero, latimes.com, "Union workers picket in Las Vegas, worried about pay, security and robots taking their jobs," 6 July 2018 In this instance, service workers could hit the picket line again as students move out or move onto campus, as commencements season begins or when UC hospitals have an especially heavy patient load. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "What happens if UC health workers strike again? Commencements, state funding could be hit | The Sacramento Bee," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of picket line

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of picket line

: a line or group of people who are refusing to go to work until their employer agrees to certain demands

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Legal Definition of picket line

: a line of people picketing a business, institution, or organization

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