In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Unionized Word™.
Use the examples below to find the rule.

$$ % set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE important; do not remove.) % increase Pad value only if your entries are longer than the title bar. % \def\Pad{\P{0.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{ Unionized }} % \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\ \def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\Title\textbf{Words }^™\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Not}\T\ }\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2017.02.04}\S{6px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline % \text{ Akin }&\text{ Alike }\\ \hline \text{ Aria }&\text{ Solo }\\ \hline \text{ Cook }&\text{ Bake }\\ \hline \text{ Dewy }&\text{ Vernal }\\ \hline \text{ Hind }&\text{ Fore }\\ \hline \text{ Ilks }&\text{ Kinds }\\ \hline \text{ Inky }&\text{ Dark }\\ \hline \text{ Many }&\text{ Most }\\ \hline \text{ Pact }&\text{ Treaty }\\ \hline \text{ Scut }&\text{ Tail }\\ \hline \text{ Wail }&\text{ Outcry }\\ \hline \text{ Wide }&\text{ Narrow }\\ \hline \text{ Arcane }&\text{ Ordinary }\\ \hline \text{ Florid }&\text{ Ornate }\\ \hline \text{ Gamine }&\text{ Tomboy }\\ \hline \text{ Scrims }&\text{ Curtains }\\ \hline \text{ Vandal }&\text{ Looter }\\ \hline \text{ Coalmine }&\text{ Goldmine }\\ \hline \text{ Memorial }&\text{ Gravestone }\\ \hline \text{ Marineland }&\text{ Seaworld }\\ \hline \end{array}$$

And, if you want to analyze, here is a CSV version:

Unionized Words™,Not Unionized Words™

The puzzle satisfies the series' inbuilt assumption, that each word can be tested for whether it is a Unionized Word™ without relying on the other words.
These are not the only examples of Unionized Words™; many more exist.

What is the special rule these words conform to?

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    $\begingroup$ Plumbers and physicists? $\endgroup$ – boboquack Apr 21 '17 at 10:19
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    $\begingroup$ I was hoping we were supposed to read it as "un-ionized word" and it was going to be something about positive/negative. $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Apr 21 '17 at 12:56
  • $\begingroup$ Related (spoilerifically): The Madman's Speech $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Apr 21 '17 at 23:35
  • $\begingroup$ I'm intrigued by some of the markdown in this post, especially rubio.2017.02.04 ... $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Apr 21 '17 at 23:35
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor It's a template, available for others to use if they wish. that bit in particular is a version stamp that also happens to serve a purpose in the formatting; if someone is using the template they can check that version against whatever my latest posting of this type used, and update their local copy if it's been updated. $\endgroup$ – Rubio Apr 21 '17 at 23:41

A Unionized Word™ is a word ...

... that is made up wholly of abbreviations of US states. Unionized refers to the Union, i.e. the United States as in the State of the Union address.

My first thought was ...

... that the first letter pair was an abbreviation of a state, but that gave me false positives for the Not Unionized Words™ Alike, Most Ordinary and Ornate. Florid and Marineland are good hints, becuse they are close enough to Florida and Maryland.

Evidence section for Unionized Words:

AK·IN — Alaska · Indiana
AR·IA — Arkansas · Iowa
CO·OK — Colorado · Oklahoma
DE·WY — Delaware · Wyoming
HI·ND — Hawaii · North Dakota
IL·KS — Illinois · Kansas
IN·KY — Indiana · Kentucky
MA·NY — Massachusetts · New York
PA·CT — Pennsylvania · Connecticut
SC·UT — South Carolina · Utah
WA·IL — Washington · Illinois
WI·DE — Wisconsin · Delaware
AR·CA·NE — Arkansas · California · Nebraska
FL·OR·ID — Florida · Oregon · Idaho
GA·MI·NE — Georgia · Michigan · Nebraska
SC·RI·MS — South Carolina · Rhode Island · Mississippi
VA·ND·AL — Virginia · North Dakota · Alabama
CO·AL·MI·NE — Colorado · Alabama · Michigan · Nebraska
ME·MO·RI·AL — Maine · Missouri · Rhode Island · Alabama
MA·RI·NE·LA·ND — Massachusetts · Rhode Island · Nebraska · Louisiana · North Dakota

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    $\begingroup$ IMO you should show what each one should be, to help people understand the more difficult ones. $\endgroup$ – n_plum Apr 21 '17 at 12:04
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah,good idea. I've added it. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Apr 21 '17 at 13:04
  • $\begingroup$ Nicely done and perfectly explained $\endgroup$ – Rubio Apr 21 '17 at 13:37

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