work stoppage


Definition of work stoppage 

: concerted cessation of work by a group of employees usually more spontaneous and less serious than a strike

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Lawmakers crafted such policies in the early 20th century to regulate disputes that sometimes led to disruptive and even violent work stoppages, particularly in states such as West Virginia, where miners famously battled coal companies. Matt Pearce,, "Oklahoma teachers set a strike date, April 2, as educator unrest spreads across U.S.," 9 Mar. 2018 Village staff posted a notice of a work stoppage until permits were secured and requested securing the construction with a fence, and the contractor and district complied within 24 hours, according to a report. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Glenview board approves 8-classroom addition to Winkelman School," 3 July 2018 At least 5,000 employees are expected to picket in front of the largest hotel company in the world, but no work stoppage is expected, with only workers who are scheduled to be off-duty on Wednesday participating. Editors, USA TODAY, "Immigration bill, Amazon discount, Strawberry full moon: 5 things you need to know Wednesday," 27 June 2018 The work stoppage has had a sweeping impact in West Virginia, which has more than 277,000 public school students. Sarah Larimer, Washington Post, "‘They’re doing what they think they need to do’: West Virginia teachers continue strike," 26 Feb. 2018 Last month, a rash of work stoppages and other protests occurred among the drivers who zip around on scooters delivering food to the country’s white-collar office workers; their complaints included pay and overall working conditions. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, "Truckers Protest High Gas Prices in Spotty Strikes Across China," 11 June 2018 But the work stoppage comes in the midst of peak window washing season, and demand is high amid a boom of new building construction, Guzman said. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "High-rise window washers go on strike for higher pay, better insurance: 'You put your life on the ropes every day'," 2 July 2018 The timing of the Court's decision comes on the heels of several teacher strikes, work stoppages and demonstrations nationally, including protests in Kentucky that caused nearly 30 school districts to shut down in March. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Supreme Court's Janus ruling could impact Kentucky teachers unions," 27 June 2018 The work stoppage had spread to at least 20 of Brazil’s 26 states and the Federal District by Thursday. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Brazil Reaches a Pact in Truck Strike, but Big Union Rejects It," 24 May 2018

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of work stoppage 

: a cessation of work by employees as a job action

Note: Work stoppage is often used to refer to a cessation of work that is less serious and more spontaneous than one referred to as a strike. As used in the Labor Management Relations Act strike refers to “any…concerted stoppage of work by employees…and any concerted slowdown or other concerted interruption of operations by employees.”

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