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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The new deal comes after agreements last year between the Teamsters and YRC unionized less-than-truckload rivals UPS Freight and ABF Freight. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Delivery on Demand; Trucking’s Labor Peace; Automotive Downshift," 22 Mar. 2019 Opponents of the deal include the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union—which is trying to unionize employees at an Amazon warehouse on Staten island—as well as progressive groups, including the Democratic Socialists of America. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Majority of New Yorkers Support Amazon Project in Queens, Poll Shows," 12 Feb. 2019 Matthew Horwood/Getty Images Amazon warehouse workers in New York City are trying to unionize — a development the $800 billion company has tried to prevent for years. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Amazon workers in New York just announced their plan to unionize," 12 Dec. 2018 Baxter believes workers will want to unionize — and probably should, as going public will force Uber and Lyft to face the ugly accusations of worker mistreatment within the gig economy. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Uber and Lyft are racing each other to go public. Here’s why.," 12 Dec. 2018 Employees working in Amazon’s new Staten Island fulfillment center have announced their intention to unionize, reports Bloomberg. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Amazon warehouse workers push to unionize in NYC," 12 Dec. 2018 The move to unionize comes at a tense moment for Amazon. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Amazon workers in New York just announced their plan to unionize," 12 Dec. 2018 Mendez and coworkers Santos and Payne are part of a group of Marriott Downtown workers who are looking to unionize with hospitality union Unite Here. Juliana Feliciano Reyes, Philly.com, "Hotel housekeeping on demand: Marriott cleaners say this app makes their job harder," 2 July 2018 That's why education workers are increasingly demanding the right to organize among themselves and collectively bargain with management on pay and working conditions — in short, to unionize. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Education Workers on Campuses Around the Country Are Demanding Better Labor Conditions," 10 Jan. 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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