unionize

verb
union·​ize | \ ˈyün-yə-ˌnīz How to pronounce unionize (audio) \
unionized; unionizing

Definition of unionize

transitive verb

: to organize into a labor union

intransitive verb

: to form or join a labor union

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Other Words from unionize

unionizable \ ˈyün-​yə-​ˌnī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce unionizable (audio) \ adjective
unionizable employees

Examples of unionize in a Sentence

Workers are fighting for the right to unionize.

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Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign has agreed to let workers unionize, according to the business manager of the union branch that will represent them. Eliza Collins, WSJ, "Elizabeth Warren Presidential Campaign Allows Staff to Unionize," 5 June 2019 But how widespread the practice of unionizing campaigns will become remains to be seen. Lissandra Villa, Time, "These Democratic Candidates Are Unionizing Their Staffs, And It Could Change Campaign Work," 5 June 2019 Since unionizing in October 2017, the U. of C. group has been stymied in its attempts to negotiate with the university. Dawn Rhodes, chicagotribune.com, "'We wanted a union then, and we deserved a union then': University of Chicago grad student workers go on strike," 4 June 2019 The organizers, who christened their group the Little Big Union, have joined a very short list of fast-food workers who have attempted to unionize in recent years. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Fast-Food Industry Workers Continue to Fight for Their Right to Unionize," 25 Mar. 2019 Amazon workers should be allowed to unionize, and other steps should be taken to protect working conditions. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "More people are calling on others to cancel their Amazon Prime subscriptions. Why’d it take us this long?," 26 Nov. 2018 Wochit Fast food workers, janitors and hospital workers walked off their jobs around noon Monday and rallied at Detroit's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park to fight for a $15 minimum wage, the right to unionize and civil rights. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Minimum wage protesters hit streets of Detroit, demand $15/hour and civil rights," 12 Feb. 2018 In Detroit, fast-food workers, janitors and hospital workers walked off their jobs around noon Monday and rallied at Detroit's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park to fight for a $15 minimum wage, the right to unionize and civil rights. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Workers seek $15 wage, union rights in protests in many cities," 12 Feb. 2018 Employees at Vice News, Vox Media and at sites within Group Nine Media have all voted to unionize, as have employees at websites that formerly belonged to Gawker Media. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "BuzzFeed News Employees Vote to Unionize," 12 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of unionize

1872, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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unionize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of unionize

: to form or join a labor union
: to help (people) form or join a labor union

unionize

verb
union·​ize | \ ˈyü-nyə-ˌnīz How to pronounce unionize (audio) \
unionized; unionizing

Legal Definition of unionize

transitive verb

: to organize into a labor union to prevent them from unionizing the employees also : to establish a labor union in a unionized shop

intransitive verb

: to form or join a labor union

Other Words from unionize

unionization \ ˌyü-​nyə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce unionization (audio) \ noun

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