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wildcat strike

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noun
  1. a labor strike that has not been called or sanctioned by the officials of the union.

Origin of wildcat strike

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45
Also called outlaw strike, quickie strike.
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British Dictionary definitions for quickie strike

wildcat strike

noun
  1. a strike begun by workers spontaneously or without union approval
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quickie strike in Culture

wildcat strike

A strike called in violation of an existing contract between labor and management.

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