work stoppage


Definition of work stoppage

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

Examples of work stoppage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the face of a looming strike that would have significantly disrupted Kaiser operations — more than half of its nonphysician workforce in Southern California was set to join the work stoppage — the healthcare system backed down. Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2021 The biggest storyline this winter, not just for the Brewers but all of baseball, is whether or not the industry will avoid its first work stoppage since the 1994 strike. Andrew Wagner, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Local 1996 voted over the last week to authorize the work stoppage, the union announced Monday. Tamar Hallerman, ajc, 1 Nov. 2021 Programming executives at major networks are stunting to hunt for acquisitions from the U.K., Australia and other territories that might work as replacement programming if a long work stoppage ensues. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 13 Oct. 2021 Failure to hash out a new one by Dec. 1, when the old one expires, could result in the first work stoppage since the 232-day player strike of 1994-95. Dan Schlossberg, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 Bill Hanney, owner and producer of the theater, vowed the show would go on despite the work stoppage., 7 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, nearly 21,000 Kaiser Permanente healthcare workers in Southern California voted this month to authorize a work stoppage. Jenny Jarvie, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2021 The group collects information on strikes from Bureau of Labor Statistics data, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services data, Bloomberg Law's work stoppage database, major media outlets, organizational press releases and social media. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, 22 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of work stoppage

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of work stoppage was in 1943

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20 Nov 2021

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“Work stoppage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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