agency shop

noun
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

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

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First Known Use of agency shop

circa 1946

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agency shop

noun

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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