nounNorth American informal
An organized period of unwarranted sick leave taken as a form of group protest, usually as a measure to avoid a formal strike.
- 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.
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