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

Definition of unionized

: characterized by the presence of labor unions

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After more than a year of negotiations, the two sides have been unable to agree on a contract for unionized school bus drivers, custodians, special education assistants, teacher assistants, health aides and cafeteria workers. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "L.A. Unified school bus drivers and teacher assistants are planning a daylong strike," 7 May 2018 Some store owners and consumers opposed the measure, along with unionized beverage-industry workers. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Nearly all of Seattle’s soda tax is being passed on to consumers, new report shows," 8 Jan. 2019 Unions are now facing competition that previous generations didn’t face, said Michael Farren, research fellow at the right-leaning Mercatus Center at George Mason University, pointing to the decline of manufacturing, a heavily unionized industry. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "U.S. Union Membership Rate Declined in 2018," 18 Jan. 2019 Flex allows Amazon to cut costs by reducing its reliance on FedEx, UPS, and the Postal Service, whose unionized drivers receive higher pay than their Flex counterparts. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Amazon is cutting costs with its own delivery service — but its drivers don’t receive benefits," 26 Dec. 2018 The workers, flown in from California, Texas and other states, are meant to temporarily replace local unionized EMTs who plan to strike Friday at noon. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "As EMT strike looms, Seattle ambulance company brings in out-of-state replacement workers," 20 Dec. 2018 But in the private sector, six percent of employees are unionized. Eric Johnson, Recode, "American capitalism broke in the 1980s. Can it be fixed?," 7 Nov. 2018 Voters will also weigh in on a ballot measure that will determine whether Missouri becomes a right-to-work state, meaning that workers would no longer have to join a union or pay fees if their workplace is unionized. Maggie Astor, The Seattle Times, "5 states are voting today. Here’s what to watch.," 7 Aug. 2018 That committee is typically comprised of a group of unionized employees at the company who negotiate on behalf of their colleagues. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "As digital media companies brace for change, unions try to cushion the blow," 26 Dec. 2018

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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