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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In Lee County, the district announced there would be no pay raise for officials, so the South Gulf Football Officials Association announced a work stoppage. Adam Lichtenstein,, "Palm Beach County referees announce work stoppage days before Kickoff Classics," 13 Aug. 2019 As the protesters turned their focus from labor rights to the British colonial administration, work stoppages brought the territory to a standstill. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "City-wide strikes bring Hong Kong to a standstill," 5 Aug. 2019 At a time when sports consumers have so many options, the players and owners would be foolish to allow a work stoppage. Peter Abraham,, "MLB, players union have lots of hurdles to clear in next collective bargaining agreement," 10 July 2019 Other alternatives are to use slug lines or take VRE during the work stoppage. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Bus driver work stoppage impacts Northern Virginia commuters," 1 Aug. 2019 There hasn't been a strike in the industry since very brief work stoppages at GM and Chrysler in 2007, when the union was forced to accept concessions such as changes in the retiree health care coverage. Chris Isidore, CNN, "America's car companies and their workers are about to begin contentious contract talks," 15 July 2019 In Minnesota, workers at an Amazon warehouse are planning a six-hour work stoppage to demand safer conditions and more secure employment. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Should you boycott Amazon Prime Day?," 14 July 2019 Workers at a Shakopee, Minn., fulfillment center plan a six-hour work stoppage July 15, the first day of Prime Day. Josh Eidelson And Spencer Soper,, "Amazon workers plan Prime Day strike at Minnesota warehouse," 8 July 2019 Workers who package and ship items for Amazon in Shakopee, Minnesota, are planning a six-hour work stoppage during two shifts on July 15, the first day of Prime Day, Bloomberg reports. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Some Amazon warehouse workers are planning to strike on Prime Day," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of work stoppage

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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