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.

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Baxter believes workers will want to unionize — and probably should, as going public will force Uber and Lyft to face the ugly accusations of worker mistreatment within the gig economy. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Uber and Lyft are racing each other to go public. Here’s why.," 12 Dec. 2018 Employees working in Amazon’s new Staten Island fulfillment center have announced their intention to unionize, reports Bloomberg. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Amazon warehouse workers push to unionize in NYC," 12 Dec. 2018 The move to unionize comes at a tense moment for Amazon. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Amazon workers in New York just announced their plan to unionize," 12 Dec. 2018 Mendez and coworkers Santos and Payne are part of a group of Marriott Downtown workers who are looking to unionize with hospitality union Unite Here. Juliana Feliciano Reyes, Philly.com, "Hotel housekeeping on demand: Marriott cleaners say this app makes their job harder," 2 July 2018 That's why education workers are increasingly demanding the right to organize among themselves and collectively bargain with management on pay and working conditions — in short, to unionize. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Education Workers on Campuses Around the Country Are Demanding Better Labor Conditions," 10 Jan. 2019 During the Clinton administration, the NLRB established the right to unionize. David W. Chen, BostonGlobe.com, "Columbia graduate students walk out over union fight," 25 Apr. 2018 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

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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 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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