unionize u‧nion‧ize [ˈjuːnjənaɪz] also unionise verb [intransitive, transitive] HUMAN RESOURCES
if workers unionize or are unionized, they become members of a trade union:

• More than 50% of the labour force is unionized.

• unionized workers

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unionize UK US (UK also unionise) /ˈjuːniənaɪz/ verb [I or T] HR, WORKPLACE
to form a trade union, or to organize workers into a trade union: »

Nurses at the hospital have been trying to unionize since 2009.


Attempts to unionize the car plant have failed so far.


The local economy in LA is becoming more fragmented, with smaller companies whose workers are harder to unionize.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • unionize — union·ize / yü nyə ˌnīz/ vb ized, iz·ing vt: to organize into a labor union to prevent them from unionizing the employees; also: to establish a labor union in a unionized shop vi: to form or join a labor union union·i·za·tion …   Law dictionary

  • unionize — make into a union, 1841, from UNION (Cf. union) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Unionized; unionizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • unionize — (also unionise) ► VERB ▪ become or cause to become members of a trade union. DERIVATIVES unionization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • unionize — [yo͞on′yənīz΄] vt. unionized, unionizing 1. to form into a union; esp., to organize (a group of workers in a shop, industry, etc.) into a labor union 2. to bring into conformity with the rules, standards, etc. of a labor union vi. to join or… …   English World dictionary

  • unionize — UK [ˈjuːnjənaɪz] / US [ˈjunjəˌnaɪz] verb Word forms unionize : present tense I/you/we/they unionize he/she/it unionizes present participle unionizing past tense unionized past participle unionized a) [transitive] to organize a group of workers so …   English dictionary

  • unionize — verb To organize workers into a union. The company laid off all the workers when they tried to unionize …   Wiktionary

  • unionize — verb Unionize is used with these nouns as the object: ↑worker …   Collocations dictionary

  • unionize — u|nion|ize also unionise BrE [ˈju:njənaız] v [I and T] if workers unionize or are unionized, they become members of a ↑trade union >unionized adj >unionization [ˌju:njənaıˈzeıʃən US jənə ] n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • unionize — also ise BrE verb (I, T) if workers unionize or are unionized, they become members of a trade union unionization noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • unionize — verb ( ized; izing) Date: 1890 transitive verb to organize into a labor union intransitive verb to form or join a labor union …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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