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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The work stoppage is expected to affect states across Flyover country as workers demand a new contract from the auto giant., "UAW, GM resume talks amid nationwide auto worker strike: The Flyover," 17 Sep. 2019 The walkout will be just the second national work stoppage at GM since a 67-day strike in 1970. David Welch And Keith Naughton / Bloomberg, Time, "'The Union Is Playing Some Hardball.' Here's Why GM Workers Are On Strike," 16 Sep. 2019 The walkout will be just the second national work stoppage at GM since a 67-day strike in 1970. David Welch, Fortune, "GM’s Autoworker Strike Could Cost the Carmaker $50 Million a Day," 16 Sep. 2019 The strike would be the union’s first since a two-day work stoppage at GM in 2007. Tom Krisher, Twin Cities, "Union votes to strike at General Motors’ US plants," 15 Sep. 2019 Late Tuesday afternoon, however, the SGFOA and Lee County appeared close to a deal to end the short work stoppage, according to the Fort Myers News-Press. Adam Lichtenstein,, "Palm Beach County referees announce work stoppage days before Kickoff Classics," 13 Aug. 2019 The number of people who participated in work stoppages involving over 1,000 workers rose last year to its highest level since the 1980s, buoyed by teacher walkouts and a multicity hotel workers strike. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, "G.M. Strike: 50,000 Union Workers Walk Out Over Wages and Idled Plants," 16 Sep. 2019 The strike would be the first by UAW since a two-day work stoppage in 2007., "Trump campaign launching nationwide student grassroots program in Ohio: Capitol Letter," 16 Sep. 2019 But after a summer-long work stoppage and public back-and-forths with management, musicians rejected a pair of contract proposals that would have returned them to Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to open the 2019-20 season Saturday., "Even record attendance wouldn’t turn around the BSO. Other cities’ orchestras show what could.," 13 Sep. 2019

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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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