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 unionize (audio) \ adjective
unionizable employees

Examples of unionize in a Sentence

Workers are fighting for the right to unionize.
Recent Examples on the Web Amazon is pushing back against to attempts by employees at its warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., to unionize — a first-of-its-kind action with high stakes for Amazon, its workers and American labor organizing as a whole. New York Times, "What, Exactly, Is Amazon Web Services?," 9 Feb. 2021 The bill would seek to unionize franchises, thereby preventing national brands from partnering with small businesses. Bethany Blankley, Washington Examiner, "Democrat-sponsored PRO Act would invalidate right-to-work laws in 27 states," 8 Feb. 2021 This is happening because a retail-workers union last year successfully petitioned the National Labor Relations Board, a federal agency responsible for enforcing U.S. labor laws, to allow certain Amazon warehouse workers to unionize. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Thousands of Amazon workers in Alabama to vote on creating company's first ever US union," 15 Jan. 2021 Among the other things Biden pledged to accomplish on his first day was to restore federal workers’ right to unionize and to issue new sweeping ethics standards that would apply to his administration. Matt Viser, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden plans a flurry of executive orders, new legislation for first days as president," 17 Jan. 2021 At the same time, his hard-charging style left some staff exhausted and ultimately contributed to a push to unionize. Benjamin Bain, Bloomberg.com, "From Goldman to SEC: Gensler’s Next Stop Worries Wall Street," 14 Jan. 2021 All eyes are on Georgia, Google workers unionize, and an infant formula company fails—and tries again. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "A baby formula startup and the power of failing," 5 Jan. 2021 Under National Labor Relations Board rules, 30% of workers have to sign union authorization cards or petitions before the regulator steps in to oversee an election where employees can vote to unionize. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Alabama Amazon workers could unionize, becoming first in US to do so," 17 Dec. 2020 The accord, a revision of the North American Free Trade Agreement, allows the United States to block imports from facilities in Mexico that curtail workers’ rights to unionize and bargain collectively. New York Times, "How Biden Can Move His Economic Agenda Without Congress," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unionize

1872, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Unionize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unionize. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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 unionize (audio) \ noun

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