union·​ized ˈyün-yə-ˌnīzd How to pronounce unionized (audio)
: characterized by the presence of labor unions

Examples of unionized in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The decline is due to a combination of decades of plant closings and automation at the unionized plants, combined with a lack of organizing drives that had characterized the first half of the 20th century. Chris Isidore, CNN, 5 Apr. 2024 Collective bargaining agreements would supersede the law, so teachers, nurses and other unionized workers would be covered by whatever their contracts say about off-hours communication. Heather Knight, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2024 Volkswagen’s unionized workers command unique power in the auto sector. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 26 Mar. 2024 Volkswagen’s Tennessee workers will soon vote on joining the United Auto Workers union, but their benefits will pale in comparison to the company’s unionized German workers. Emma Burleigh, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024 The differences in wages, benefits and working conditions among unionized and nonunion workers became apparent during the coronavirus pandemic, said Em Mayhew, an inpatient unit clerk at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 27 Mar. 2024 The company laid off at least 16,000 employees in response to the pandemic, and moved production of the 787 Dreamliner from its unionized plant in Washington to a non-unionized plant in South Carolina. Allison Morrow, CNN, 26 Mar. 2024 There's also the question of how schools with unionized teams would comply with Title IX, the federal law requiring equal opportunity for men and women. Andrea Hsu, NPR, 5 Mar. 2024 Starting a competitor union or negotiating one’s own compensation is effectively not permitted in a unionized workplace. The Editors, National Review, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unionized was in 1900

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“Unionized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unionized. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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