Meaning of sick-out in English:



informal North American
  • A period of unwarranted sick leave taken as a form of group industrial action.

    • ‘a protest sick-out was in the works’
    • ‘Two days before Global Medical Response assumes responsibility for the Emergency Medical Services, technicians yesterday staged a sick-out to protest the move.’
    • ‘In October two-thirds of the customer service department staged a sick-out to protest low wages.’
    • ‘The airline announced March 8 that they have fired 12 flight attendants for allegedly organizing a sick-out over New Year's to protest failed contract negotiations.’
    • ‘If action is taken, it will take the form of CHAOS (Create Havoc Around Our System), in which attendants snarl airline schedules and operations with intermittent sick-outs and other measures.’
    • ‘Computer glitches, bad weather, a number of airline workers sick-outs all contributed to leaving thousands of flights unflown and piles of baggage unhandled.’
    • ‘US Airways blamed a record number of employee sick-outs for the problem.’
    • ‘Travelers faced delays and luggage that wasn't so much lost as it just plain didn't go anywhere because of a large-scale sick-out by luggage handlers.’
    • ‘Deputies in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Office are staging a sick-out over health benefits in their contract talks.’
    • ‘A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order January 5 to the union representing the airline flight attendants to suppress a sick-out by its members to protest failed contract talks in early December.’
    • ‘The airline last week began court-authorized searches of the home computers of flight attendants whom the airline suspects organized a sick-out over the New Year's holiday.’
    • ‘The struggle climaxed with a partial retreat by the company in the wake of company firings for a sick-out and government raids against two rank-and-file attendants who operated opposition web sites.’
    • ‘While I sympathise with the Union's complaints and aims, mass sick-outs are the wrong way to achieve them.’
    • ‘Dissatisfaction among flight attendants, already aggravated by more than three years of fruitless talks, boiled over again and allegedly contributed to a sick-out over the year-end holidays.’
    • ‘The order forbade them from ‘approving of’ or ‘permitting’ a sick-out, queerly assuming that they might have the power to prevent one.’
    • ‘In 1999 pilots launched a sick-out when the company refused to increase wages for pilots at regional carrier Reno Air, which American acquired.’
    • ‘Over the New Year's holiday the airline was forced to cancel 30 percent of its flights and charged the union with conspiring to call an illegal sick-out.’
    • ‘As for the reported indications that teachers would have been engaged in a sick-out on Thursday, Dolor clarified.’
    • ‘These workers had their computers confiscated and searched for evidence related to the alleged sick-out.’
    • ‘When pilots rebelled with a sick-out the courts stepped in with the mammoth fine.’
    • ‘The pilots, who began their sick-out action on Sunday, were demanding that management sign an agreement for a 13-month pay period for each year and letters of permanent employment.’