closed shop


closed shop

noun

Definition of CLOSED SHOP

1
:  an establishment in which the employer by agreement hires only union members in good standing
2
:  an exclusive group or establishment

First Known Use of CLOSED SHOP

1904

closed shop

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Arrangement whereby a company employs only workers who are members in good standing of a specified labour union. It is the most rigid of the various schemes for protecting labour unions (more flexible arrangements include the union shop). Closed shops were declared illegal in the U.S. under the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, but in practice they continue to exist in some industries, such as construction.

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