union·​i·​za·​tion | \ˌyün-yə-nə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of unionization 

1 : the quality or state of being unionized

2 : the action of unionizing

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According to the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think tank, three quarters of American private employers confronting a unionization campaign hire a union avoidance firm, which adds up to as much as $1 billion a year in anti-union spending. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Nurses, Unite!," 28 June 2018 The wage requirement raised the question: Does the unionization of subcontractors make financial sense? Juliana Feliciano Reyes, Philly.com, "It took 6 years for PHL airport workers to double their pay to $12. Here's how they did it," 11 June 2018 The real question for now, though, is whether this new burst of unionization activity and momentum will last beyond this week. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Game developers push for unionization amid insecure positions, excessive OT," 22 Mar. 2018 The 5-4 vote, along conservative-liberal lines, on Wednesday overruled a 1977 precedent that had fueled the growth of public-sector unionization even as representation has withered in private industry. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Deals Blow to Public-Sector Unions," 27 June 2018 Janus overturned Abood’s expectation, at a time when public-sector unionization was still nascent, that a distinction could reasonably be drawn between union spending on workplace matters and union spending on politicking. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "The Court Shows the System Works," 6 July 2018 The overwhelming majority of the work is done by volunteers, so unionization is not practical. Holly Otterbein, Philly.com, "The Greg Vitali Q&A: Can an environmental bulldog with little cash win a congressional race? | #PA5," 10 May 2018 The Huffington Post and Vox Media have undergone layoffs since their unionization. Noreen Malone, Daily Intelligencer, "The New Yorker Staff Wants to Unionize," 6 June 2018 Alaska has one of the highest rates of unionization in the country. Author: Jacob Resneck, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska unions defiant in wake of punishing Supreme Court decision," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of unionization

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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