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strike vb

struck also: strick·en
1 : to remove or delete something
2 : to stop work in order to force an employer to comply with demands
1 : to remove or delete from a legal document and esp. from the record of a trial [it struck that part of [the] injunction "National Law Journal"]
2 : to remove (a prospective juror) from a venire
3 : to engage in a strike against (an employer)
n 1 : the removal of a potential juror from a venire compare challenge
2 : a concerted work stoppage, interruption, or slowdown by a body of workers to enforce compliance with demands made on an employer see also rent strike Labor Management Relations Act in the Important Laws section compare job action

economic strike
: a strike that is brought against an employer because of a dispute regarding economic benefits or conditions (as wages) NOTE: Workers engaged in an economic strike can legally be replaced permanently. No-strike clauses in collective bargaining agreements have been held to bar only economic strikes and not strikes protesting an unfair labor practice.

general strike
: a simultaneous strike by all unionized workers of all trades and industries

jurisdictional strike
: a strike that is called against an employer as a result of a dispute with another union as to the right to perform particular work

organizational strike
: recognition strike in this entry

primary strike
: a strike by workers against their employer with whom they have a dispute

recognition strike
: a strike by workers against their employer seeking to force the employer to recognize the union as their collective bargaining agent called also organizational strike

secondary strike
: sympathy strike in this entry

sit-down strike
: a strike during which employees remain in and occupy the employer's premises as a protest and means of forcing compliance with demands NOTE: This form of strike has been illegal according to both statute and case law since the early 1940s.

sym·pa·thy strike
: a strike by workers not involved in a labor dispute in support of other striking employees or unions called also secondary strike

wild·cat strike
: a strike by workers that is not authorized by the union

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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