walk off the job

walk off the job

1. To quit and leave one's job in the middle of a work day. John walked off the job when the foreman threatened to hit him. I understand that she was upset, but walking off the job like that really screwed over the entire team.
2. To cease work in a job to protest against some negative aspect, such as low wages or unfavorable conditions. Everyone in the union agreed to walk off the job on Monday and begin picketing outside the factory's gates.
See also: job, off, walk

walk off the job

 
1. Fig. to abandon a job abruptly. I was so mad I almost walked off the job. Fred almost walked off the job when he saw how bad things were.
2. Fig. to go on strike at a workplace. The workers walked off the job and refused to negotiate. They walked off the job and called a strike.
See also: job, off, walk

walk off the ˈjob

(American English) stop working in order to go on strike: Engineers and other employees walked off the job Tuesday to demand higher pay and shorter hours.
See also: job, off, walk
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After nearly two years of talks, the two sides remain far apart on salaries, health benefits and other key issues that led the union first to declare an impasse, and then last week to file a 10-day notice of its intent to strike, allowing the 194 teachers to walk off the job as early as Monday.
Having used cheap quotes to tempt homeowners into signing contracts, he'd then engineer a dispute and walk off the job, often leaving the site in a dangerous state.
Public-sector workers doing ground-handling and security checks were expected to walk off the job ahead of wage talks with the government tomorrow.
They don't want to walk off the job, they just want to be paid their due.
A union representing Lufthansa pilots says they have called off plans to walk off the job at Germany's busiest airport.
TEHRAN (FNA)- A union representing Lufthansa's pilots said they will walk off the job at Frankfurt airport for eight hours on Tuesday, preventing departures by Germany's biggest airline from its busiest airport.
Rio Mais, the consortium building the venues at Olympic Park, said in a statement that about 300 workers showed up for work on Wednesday, but were told by labor union leaders to walk off the job again.
According to company and union officials, certain workers are planning to down tools between 1330 hours and 1530 hours, while others plan to walk off the job between 1730 hours and 1930 hours.
Summary: Athens: Greek workers will walk off the job in a 24-hour general strike next week, .
Metro and tram workers will walk off the job for a few hours on Wednesday and plan a 24-hour strike on Thursday.
Summary: Thousands of off-duty police officers are marching through London in a demonstration over pay and budget cuts, while tens of thousands of British public sector workers walk off the job to protest the government's proposed changes to pension plans.
Some 3,000 superintendents, janitors, doormen, garbage handlers and other workers in more than 1,000 Bronx apartment buildings are threatening to walk off the job at 12:01 a.
A spokesman for United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 99, which represents employees at Fry's, a unit of Kroger, and Safeway supermarkets around the state, said 25,000 workers were scheduled to walk off the job at 6 p.
Management and workers agreed to form a group to come up with ways to divide the 35-hour work week mandated by French law, the key issue that workers said forced them to walk off the job.