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 Brown and Korver were members of the Bucks team that initiated a work stoppage throughout sports in August. Jonathan Abrams, New York Times, "N.B.A. Players Meet With Pope Francis on Social Justice Efforts," 23 Nov. 2020 Buses returned to Motor City streets Monday after a three-day work stoppage by drivers over coronavirus protections and disputes with riders. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "School pressure, sick lawmakers, go-cups: News from around our 50 states," 6 Oct. 2020 The winter meetings are scheduled for Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in 2021, though a potential work stoppage could impact those. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "MLB cancels Winter Meetings that had been scheduled for Dallas," 30 Oct. 2020 On Wednesday, people — overwhelmingly women — poured out from their offices to take part in the work stoppage. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Polish Women Lead Strike Over Abortion Ruling Amid Threats of Crackdown," 28 Oct. 2020 The North American business has long contributed most of the auto maker’s earnings, and another work stoppage in the region would add to pressures on Fiat Chrysler’s bottom line. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Fiat Chrysler, Union Avert Canada Strike With Tentative Deal," 15 Oct. 2020 Furloughed workers who will return to their jobs within 12 weeks of their work stoppage are exempt from the work search requirement, the commission said in a news release. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Unemployed Texans will have to resume proving work searches beginning in November," 13 Oct. 2020 The work stoppage ended when owners agreed to a host of community engagement efforts, most significantly to use basketball arenas and practice courts as polling stations for the Nov. 3 presidential election. NBC News, "Los Angeles Lakers win NBA title, capping league's coronavirus bubble season," 12 Oct. 2020 Three days later and 1,200 miles south in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the players of the NBA launched a work stoppage in response. Jason Parham, Wired, "The NBA Bubble Was a Success Because It Failed," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of work stoppage

1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Work stoppage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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