union·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌyün-yə-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce unionization (audio) \

Definition of unionization

1 : the quality or state of being unionized
2 : the action of unionizing

Examples of unionization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Notably, the media industry — including the editorial staff at Refinery29, which is part of the Writers Guild of America, East — has seen a wave of unionization campaigns, with journalists finding power and strength in solidarity. Erin Corbett, refinery29.com, "How To Unionize Your Workplace — & Why You Should Do It Now," 16 June 2020 That would have given the company more time to campaign against unionization, though executives insisted their stance was meant to boost turnout and ensure the integrity of the vote. BostonGlobe.com, "The week in business," 20 June 2020 For decades, that stance deterred police unionization. Steven Greenhouse, The New Yorker, "How Police-Union Power Helped Increase Abuses," 18 June 2020 Similarly, everyone should be as involved as possible throughout the entire unionization process — from talking to people about their concerns, to the bargaining table. Erin Corbett, refinery29.com, "How To Unionize Your Workplace — & Why You Should Do It Now," 16 June 2020 Over the last few years, a wave of unionization has swept local newsrooms and digital media outlets. Kerry Flynn, CNN, "Coronavirus is testing the power of unionized newsrooms," 1 Apr. 2020 Despite the growing economy, most workers aren’t benefiting, and the decline of unionization is a big part of the problem, said Judy Conti, government affairs director at the left-leaning National Employment Law Project. Katie Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, "Rewriting labor law, circa 2020," 23 Jan. 2020 Would prefer to stay anonymous right now in beginning stages of unionization. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'Well, well, well': AOC mocks Barstool Sports founder after settlement over anti-union tweets," 22 Jan. 2020 Talk of unionization is catching wind among workers in an industry built off childhood dreams. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "A Big Union Wants to Make Videogame Workers' Lives More Sane," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unionization

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Unionization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unionization. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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