featherbedding

noun
feath·​er·​bed·​ding | \ ˈfe-t͟hər-ˌbe-diŋ How to pronounce featherbedding (audio) \

Definition of featherbedding

: the requiring of an employer usually under a union rule or safety statute to hire more employees than are needed or to limit production

First Known Use of featherbedding

1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Featherbedding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/featherbedding. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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featherbedding

noun
feath·​er·​bed·​ding | \ ˈfe-t͟hər-ˌbe-diŋ How to pronounce featherbedding (audio) \

Legal Definition of featherbedding

: the unfair labor practice of causing an employer to pay for services which are not performed (as by requiring more workers than necessary) — see also Labor Management Relations Act

History and Etymology for featherbedding

from the notion of making oneself comfortable through the receipt of excessive or unjustified compensation for little or no work

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