closed shop


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

Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of closed shop was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Closed shop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

closed shop

: a business in which the employer by agreement hires and retains only union members see also Labor Management Relations Act compare open shop, union shop

Note: Closed shops are illegal under the Labor Management Relations Act.

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