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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Silicon Valley is never unionized the way that Detroit is unionized. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Temp’ author Louis Hyman on Recode Decode," 29 Aug. 2018 In terms of seeing things in a new light, the movie takes plausible ideas about things that are happening, like working conditions, and unionizing for wealth redistribution, and takes them to the next level. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "The Hidden Message in Tessa Thompson's Sorry to Bother You Makeup," 1 Aug. 2018 Musk has spent much of the past year fighting against attempts to unionize at the Tesla Factory. Constance Grady, Vox, "The billionaire house hostage saga of Azealia Banks, Elon Musk, and Grimes, explained," 16 Aug. 2018 Right now, workers in Mexico have the right to unionize, but they are often left out of the negotiating process. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Trump’s new trade deal is better for workers than NAFTA was," 30 Nov. 2018 On Thursday, a group of Whole Foods employees sent an email to workers at all 490 grocery stores, urging them to support the effort to unionize, according to the Wall Street Journal. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Whole Foods employees are worried about new owner Amazon — so they’re trying to unionize," 7 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, an underground collective of art terrorists monkey-wrenches billboards and other mediums of the Man, and the lumpen-telemarketers left behind by Cash rally to unionize. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "Why we should be thankful for ‘Sorry to Bother You’," 11 July 2018 Domestic workers, like all independent contractors, cannot unionize or bargain collectively. Miranda Katz, WIRED, "How an App Could Give Some Gig Workers a Safety Net," 9 July 2018 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

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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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