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 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 In three earlier bargaining sessions, UPS workers did authorize strikes, including one in 1997 that resulted in the company’s only work stoppage. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "Teamsters Vote to Authorize Strike as UPS Contract Talks Heat Up," 5 June 2018 Lawmakers crafted such policies in the early 20th century to regulate disputes that sometimes led to disruptive and even violent work stoppages, particularly in states such as West Virginia, where miners famously battled coal companies. Matt Pearce,, "Oklahoma teachers set a strike date, April 2, as educator unrest spreads across U.S.," 9 Mar. 2018 Village staff posted a notice of a work stoppage until permits were secured and requested securing the construction with a fence, and the contractor and district complied within 24 hours, according to a report. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Glenview board approves 8-classroom addition to Winkelman School," 3 July 2018 At least 5,000 employees are expected to picket in front of the largest hotel company in the world, but no work stoppage is expected, with only workers who are scheduled to be off-duty on Wednesday participating. Editors, USA TODAY, "Immigration bill, Amazon discount, Strawberry full moon: 5 things you need to know Wednesday," 27 June 2018 The work stoppage has had a sweeping impact in West Virginia, which has more than 277,000 public school students. Sarah Larimer, Washington Post, "‘They’re doing what they think they need to do’: West Virginia teachers continue strike," 26 Feb. 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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