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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Earlier Thursday, the teachers union, the Tacoma Education Association, held its largest rally since the start of the work stoppage. Neal Morton, The Seattle Times, "Tacoma teachers reach deal with district; schools could open Monday," 14 Sep. 2018 West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said last week that the teachers' work stoppage there was unlawful and the governor has not ruled out seeking a court injunction to force the teachers back to work. CBS News, "A closer look at West Virginia's rare teacher walkout," 27 Feb. 2018 Veterans struggled to find jobs even after the start of spring training, angering the players and their representatives and stoking fears of the sport’s first work stoppage since the strike of 1994 and 1995. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Tony Clark to Continue as Executive Director of MLB Players Association," 28 Nov. 2018 Of course, owners could always work harder at resolving player demands before any work stoppage. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "It’s in nobody’s interests to delay the NHL to Seattle beyond 2020, so let’s give them no reason to," 8 Oct. 2018 Prisoners will conduct work stoppages, hunger strikes, and spending boycotts in the hopes that their list of 10 demands is met. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "A mass incarceration expert says the 2018 prison strike could be “one of the largest the country has ever seen”," 22 Aug. 2018 In 1972, the Red Sox finished a half-game behind the A.L. East champion Detroit Tigers because of a brief work stoppage. David Waldstein, New York Times, "The Yankees Are in First Place. Or Second Place. Either Way, They Beat the Rays.," 14 June 2018 Workers sat in font of closed shops at Tehran’s historic Grand Bazaar, as merchants staged a rare work stoppage to protest to soaring prices. Aresu Eqbali, WSJ, "New Protests in Tehran Pose Fresh Challenge to Iran’s Rulers," 25 June 2018 More than 90% of votes cast authorized the strike, which grants the negotiating committee the power to call for a work stoppage after the current contract expires. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "Teamsters Vote to Authorize Strike as UPS Contract Talks Heat Up," 5 June 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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