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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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 The past unionization of metro Detroit janitors, who now number close to 1,700, could be a template for organizing security guards, said Stephanie Arellano, a director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 in Detroit. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's rebound brings surge in downtown security jobs," 14 June 2018 But in their reexamination of the relationship between unionization and inequality, Farber and his research partners were able to draw on Gallup survey data of union households dating all the way back to the 1930s. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Unions Are Not a Special Interest Group," 25 May 2018 But the effort comes amidst a wave of unionization in untraditional professional sectors, such as digital media outlets and non-profits, even as old-school unions are losing influence. NBC News, "Democrats love unions. Just not for their own campaign workers.," 15 Apr. 2018 But the workers and the union insist the move is directly related to the unionization effort. Katie Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, "Health center workers rally against layoffs," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of unionization

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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