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

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 As workers at major companies increasingly move to unionize, the political environment for labor couldn’t be more ripe. Haleluya Hadero, Chicago Tribune, 27 June 2022 So far, over 70 stores have voted to unionize, Forbes writes. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 23 June 2022 At least 151 stores have since voted to unionize, and more than 289 stores have filed with the NLRB to hold elections. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 23 June 2022 Employees at an Apple Store in Maryland have voted to unionize, organizers announced on June 18. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 19 June 2022 Workers at the Apple store in Towson have voted to unionize, becoming the first of the company’s U.S. employees to do so. Alison Knezevich, Baltimore Sun, 18 June 2022 Employees at a Starbucks on the North Side voted to unionize, the first store in San Antonio to do so amid a growing national push to organize the coffee chain’s workforce. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, 15 June 2022 Spencer noted while workers at one Amazon facility in New York voted to unionize, workers at another site there opted not to. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 14 June 2022 The first Starbucks in Utah has officially voted to unionize. Daedan Olander, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unionize

1872, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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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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