sympathy strike

noun

Definition of sympathy strike 

: a strike in which the strikers have no direct grievance against their own employer but attempt to support or aid usually another group of workers on strike

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The walkout is expected to widen Tuesday, when two other unions will join sympathy strikes. Joy Resmovits, latimes.com, "Massive UC workers' strike disrupts dining, classes and medical services," 8 May 2018 The California Nurses Association and the University Professional and Technical Employees unions staged sympathy strikes Tuesday and Wednesday. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "UC hospitals resume normal operations as three-day strike ends," 10 May 2018 By Tuesday, two more unions joined in sympathy strikes. Joy Resmovits, latimes.com, "'We are humans too:' Voices of UCLA's striking custodians, hospital aides and imaging technicians," 9 May 2018 The strike will continue through Wednesday, with members of the California Nurses Association and University Professional and Technical Employees-CWA joining in a sympathy strike Tuesday and Wednesday. 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 The service workers called for the sympathy strike by professional and technical employees, including medical assistants, nurses, radiology and other technicians. CBS News, "Thousands of University of California workers go on strike over pay," 7 May 2018 The service workers called for a sympathy strike by professional and technical employees, including medical assistants, nurses, radiology and other technicians. NBC News, "Thousands of University of California workers start 3-day strike over pay," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of sympathy strike

1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sympathy strike was in 1912

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