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

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First Known Use of closed shop

1903


Law Dictionary

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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