wildcat strike

noun
a labor strike that has not been called or sanctioned by the officials of the union.
Also called outlaw strike, quickie strike.


Origin:
1940–45, Americanism

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wildcat strike
 
n
a strike begun by workers spontaneously or without union approval

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wildcat strike definition


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

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We do not have to wait for a wildcat strike to be sure that radical change is happening.
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