wildcat strike


noun

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

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Also called outlaw strike, quickie strike.

Origin of wildcat strike

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for wildcat strike

wildcat strike

noun

a strike begun by workers spontaneously or without union approval
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Cultural definitions for wildcat strike

wildcat strike

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

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