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.
Recent Examples on the Web The key to that profitability has to do with product itself — electric vehicles are far less complex to make than those with internal combustion engines — and a labor force that Musk has aggressively tried to prevent from unionizing. Chris Isidore, CNN, "After years without turning a profit, Tesla is now poised to be a powerhouse," 13 May 2020 Ben Solomon for The New York Times Truck drivers and warehouse workers at Cort Furniture Rental in New Jersey had spent months trying to unionize in the hopes of securing higher wages and better benefits. New York Times, "Fired in a Pandemic ‘Because We Tried to Start a Union,’ Workers Say," 28 Apr. 2020 The Ontario Labour Relations Board ruled Tuesday that Foodora food couriers are dependent contractors, a classification that falls between independent contractors and employees—and gives them the ability to unionize, according to labor officials. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, "Regulators around the world are coming for the gig economy," 28 Feb. 2020 A week after Scoot’s layoffs, about 40 workers at Spin voted to unionize. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "Hundreds more scooters to zip down SF streets," 14 Dec. 2019 Associated Press The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in McDonald’s favor in a long-running case filed by 20 workers who were fired or faced retaliation for trying to unionize. Dee-ann Durbin, USA TODAY, "NLRB rules for McDonald's in long-running labor union case," 13 Dec. 2019 Visit this slender Southeast Portland pizzeria, and watch owner Scottie Rivera’s recently unionized crew turning out some of the city’s best pizza to a dining room that no longer has any tables. oregonlive, "Portland’s 40 best inexpensive restaurants," 11 Mar. 2020 The protests began this month after a half-dozen officers were fired over their attempt to unionize. Washington Post, "World Digest: Feb. 24, 2020," 24 Feb. 2020 American workers have had the right to unionize since 1935, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in his first term as president and the Great Depression was ravaging the economy. Katie Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, "Rewriting labor law, circa 2020," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unionize

1872, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Unionize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unionize. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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unionize

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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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