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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Employees have launched unionization efforts at other Berkshire businesses in recent years. Nicole Friedman, WSJ, "Berkshire Reaches Labor Pact With NetJets Pilots," 17 Jan. 2019 The decline in unionization since World War II in the United States has been associated with a pronounced rise in income and wealth inequality. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Missouri voters just blocked the right-to-work law Republicans passed to weaken labor unions," 8 Aug. 2018 In [2018], the college administration appealed to the Republican-majority National Labor Relations Board to block the election in an effort to bust the unionization effort, but lost, in another victory for organized student workers. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Education Workers on Campuses Around the Country Are Demanding Better Labor Conditions," 10 Jan. 2019 If the company doesn’t want to recognize the union, then workers will have to hold an official unionization vote through the National Labor Relations Board, an independent federal agency that enforces US labor laws and collective bargaining rights. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Amazon workers in New York just announced their plan to unionize," 12 Dec. 2018 Incidents like this have made unionization a serious topic of discussion among game creators as the most viable solution to endemic issues of crunch within the industry. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Rockstar clarifies Red Dead Redemption 2’s ‘100-hour work week,’ following backlash," 15 Oct. 2018 Before the council passed a driver unionization law in 2015 to address concerns about low pay, Uber ran ads in Seattle with drivers praising the company. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Ride-hail companies to push for congestion pricing in Seattle as city considers tolling downtown streets," 8 Oct. 2018 By refusing to bargain with its union, and by deploying tactics that could quell unionization on private campuses everywhere, Columbia has chosen to embody the worst stereotypes of elite schools. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Columbia’s War On Labor," 1 May 2018 Among those who remained, bad blood lingered from a fight over tips — Barry had begun giving a percentage of the waiters' tips to the kitchen staff — and from a failed attempt at unionization. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013

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First Known Use of unionization

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of unionization was in 1892

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