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.
Recent Examples on the Web Some of Michigan's marijuana business are small shops with few employees that would be more difficult to unionize. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Labor peace agreement in marijuana rules has GOP, business organizations up in arms," 13 Dec. 2019 Barra also indicated the new facility won’t immediately unionize, stressing that will be up to its future workforce. NBC News, "GM partners with LG to build new battery production plant, create 1,100 jobs," 5 Dec. 2019 Amazon has begun testing machines that can pack boxes, and human beings can be prone to injury, easily exhausted, eager to unionize and outspoken about gripes. Scott Shane, New York Times, "Prime Mover: How Amazon Wove Itself Into the Life of an American City," 30 Nov. 2019 In the ’80s Jesse Ventura, who more than a decade later would serve as governor of Minnesota, famously tried to unionize his fellow wrestlers before WrestleMania II, in 1986, but had his efforts thwarted after plans were leaked to management. Dan Greene, SI.com, "Could a New California Law Finally Break WWE’s Labor Structure?," 19 Sep. 2019 About 90 contract workers for Google in Pittsburgh, actually employees of a company called HCL America, voted just before Labor Day to unionize. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Amazon delivery contractors operate with little oversight, report finds," 3 Sep. 2019 The move to unionize is driven by workers wanting better wages and working conditions. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Union pushes at places like YouTube and WeWork could transform white-collar work," 1 Sep. 2019 And when the workers at Fuyao Glass America decide to unionize, trouble is ahead. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "American Factory, the first film in the Obamas’ Netflix slate, is one of the year’s best docs," 20 Aug. 2019 The roughly 40 workers who will unionize are maintenance specialists, shift leads, operations specialists, neighborhood ambassadors, deployers and collectors. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: A life or death delay?," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of unionize

1872, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Unionize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unionize. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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unionize

verb
How to pronounce unionize (audio)

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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