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

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of closed shop was in 1903

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“Closed shop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/closed%20shop. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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closed shop

noun

Legal Definition of 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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