agency shop


Definition of agency shop

: an establishment in which the union serves as the agent for and receives dues and assessments from all employees in the bargaining unit regardless of union membership

Examples of agency shop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet, if the court strikes down mandatory agency shop fees, a teacher is faced with an entirely different incentive. James Freeman, WSJ, "Is Trump Saving the Blue States?," 1 June 2018 The agency shop for public unions was challenged in the 1977 Supreme Court case of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education , which issued a divided verdict. Richard A. Epstein, Newsweek, "Is the Supreme Court About to Hobble Labor Unions?," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of agency shop

circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Agency shop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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Legal Definition of agency shop

: a shop in which the labor union serves as the bargaining agent for and receives dues from all employees in the bargaining unit regardless of union membership — compare open shop, union shop

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