unionize

verb
union·ize | \ ˈyün-yə-ˌnīz \
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 \ adjective
unionizable employees

Examples of unionize in a Sentence

Workers are fighting for the right to unionize.

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The only large-scale car manufacturer in California argues that doing business in the state is hard enough without a fast-developing labor regulation backed by organizations that want to unionize its Fremont plant. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "Elon Musk's Tesla says new state rule punishes it for doing business in California," 11 June 2018 According to Matt Pearce, a national correspondent who served on the organizing committee, many colleagues were initially ambivalent about unionizing. Noam Scheiber, New York Times, "When Professionals Rise Up, More Than Money Is at Stake," 25 Mar. 2018 Courts and jurisdictions are split on whether independent contractors can, in fact, unionize. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "50 Parting Thoughts from the 2018 Australian Open," 28 Jan. 2018 On Thursday a small group of workers at Boeing ’s North Charleston, S.C., plant voted to unionize, defying the wishes of most of their colleagues. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Machinist Break-in at Boeing," 3 June 2018 In the wake of all that, workers voted to unionize in September. Harold Brubaker, Philly.com, "New Mazzoni Center CEO sees `jewel' in LGBTQ health clinic," 26 May 2018 Seattle was the first city to approve a law allowing Uber and app drivers to unionize, but the measure has faced a legal challenge. New York Times, "New York City Considers New Pay Rules for Uber Drivers," 2 July 2018 Although United Auto Workers has embarked on a thus-far unsuccessful attempt to unionize workers at Tesla, no one has publicly accused the union of sabotage. Russ Mitchell, latimes.com, "Musk claims sabotage with list of haters who want Tesla 'to die'," 19 June 2018 The union did not represent the teachers but became involved when an Odyssey teacher was terminated after participating in an unsuccessful effort earlier in 2016 to unionize the teachers at the school. Kathleen Megan, courant.com, "Former Odyssey Principal Surrenders Educator Certificate Following State Investigation," 10 July 2018

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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 \
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 \ noun

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