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LOCKOUT: A plant or factory that is closed temporarily, because it's owners are trying to gain a negotiating advantage over the employees' union. A lockout is commonly used by a company's management if they suspect the union is planning to strike. A lockout by management before the union strikes is much like a pre-emptive military attach that tries to hit the enemy hard, fast, and first.

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GENERAL STRIKE: A strike by a majority of the workers in key industries throughout a country in a particular region of the country. This type of strike is different in both magnitude and intent than that of a strike against a specific firm or industry. In particular, a general strike involves virtually every union regardless of industry or occupation. In addition, the intent of a general strike is to bring the economy to a standstill as a means of forcing major structural changes in the economy or society. Such a strike has been effectively used from time to time, but because it does shut down the economy and imposes hardships on almost everyone.

     See also | labor union movement | organized labor | strike | sympathy strike | labor union |


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QUANTITY

The amount of a commodity (good, service, or resource) that is produced, consumed, bought, sold, or exchanged. The quantity of a commodity is often the focus of economic analysis. It takes center stage in the market model, as well as the theories of short-run production and consumer demand theory. In the standard market diagram, as well as most other analyses, quantity is displayed on the horizontal axis.

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