unionize

verb

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

transitive verb

: to organize into a labor union

intransitive verb

: to form or join a labor union
unionizable adjective
unionizable employees

Examples of unionize in a Sentence

Workers are fighting for the right to unionize.
Recent Examples on the Web The Amazon filing, made Thursday, came in response to a case before an administrative law judge overseeing a complaint from agency prosecutors who allege the company unlawfully retaliated against workers at a New York City warehouse who voted to unionize nearly two years ago. Haleluya Hadero, Fortune, 17 Feb. 2024 And any effect of athletes unionizing would likely be felt first in the all-private Ivy League conference. Ira Porter, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Feb. 2024 Dining hall workers and faculty have long been unionized. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, 25 Jan. 2024 The United Auto Workers pressed forward in its effort to unionize auto factories in the South by announcing that 30 percent of Mercedes workers at an Alabama factory have signed cards endorsing unionization. Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 Related article Opinion: Why your chain-store pharmacist is so unhappy These concerns led some pharmacists to walk out of CVS and Walgreens stores pharmacies last fall and ignited a national push to unionize pharmacy workers. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 Restaurant workers wanted to unionize at this L.A. hotel. Anthony De Leon, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 Creative and editorial workers at the gaming and entertainment publication IGN have gone public with their effort to unionize with the NewsGuild. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Feb. 2024 In September, all 15 players on the team’s varsity roster signed and filed a petition to the labor board to unionize with the Service Employees International Union. Santul Nerkar, New York Times, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of unionize was in 1872

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“Unionize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unionize. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

unionize

verb
union·​ize ˈyün-yə-ˌnīz How to pronounce unionize (audio)
unionized; unionizing
: to form into a labor union
unionization
ˌyün-yə-nə-ˈzā-shən
noun

Legal Definition

unionize

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

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
unionization noun

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