union·​ized | \ ˈyün-yə-ˌnīzd How to pronounce unionized (audio) \

Definition of unionized

: characterized by the presence of labor unions

Examples of unionized in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even as the number of unionized employees continues to shrink, public support for unions is at its highest in decades. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Could Macy’s have a Black Friday strike?," 25 Nov. 2019 Only two of Oakland’s 44 charters, however, are unionized. Bradley D. Marianno, The Conversation, "The Chicago teachers’ strike isn’t just about kids – it’s about union power too," 18 Oct. 2019 If Sanders accomplished his goal, that would mean 21.0 percent of workers would be unionized, which would bring the U.S. a hair below the rate of 23.0 percent that unions boasted among salaried employees in 1979, around the time of Fraser’s speech. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Return of the Empowered American Worker," 4 Oct. 2019 Sanders dismissed those concerns, saying unionized employees, like the workforce as a whole, will be better off under a government-run system. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "With thousands of jobs at stake, Medicare for All is a complicated issue for Democrats in Hartford, the ‘Insurance Capital of the World’," 1 Aug. 2019 The situation reached a critical stage when the Fairfax Connector’s unionized workers voted Saturday to authorize a strike — which means one could be called at any time. Washington Post, "Strike against Metrobus contractor could spread to Fairfax Connector," 13 Nov. 2019 The carpenters' pension fund is classified as a multiemployer plan because multiple companies hire the unionized workers and contribute toward their pensions. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit union sunk $100M+ into risky deals — now retirees could pay the price," 12 Nov. 2019 Despite such objections, the contract for the newly unionized workers was ultimately approved by lawmakers. Susan Haigh, courant.com, "Connecticut state managers signing up for union-like group," 17 Oct. 2019 His move against unionized state workers is drawing even more attention as states across the country consider how to respond to a Supreme Court decision last year that limited the power of unions to collect fees from nonmembers. Mike Baker, New York Times, "Already Under Siege, Labor Unions Face a New Threat From Alaska," 9 Oct. 2019

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Unionized.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unionized. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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