open shop

noun

: an establishment in which eligibility for employment and retention on the payroll are not determined by membership or nonmembership in a labor union though there may be an agreement by which a union is recognized as sole bargaining agent

Examples of open shop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company plans to open shops in Raleigh, Greenville and Durham within the next year and a half. Shannon Greene, Charlotte Observer, 28 May 2024 At one time, Campa had high ambitions to expand his brand to multiple cities via a franchising group that six years ago was hoping to open shops in Temecula, Scottsdale, Riverside, Pasadena, North Hollywood/Burbank, Tucson, Sacramento and Anaheim. Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Apr. 2024 Retailers tend to be reluctant to open shop in areas with fewer homes and less accessible roads. Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 4 Mar. 2024 The latter could influence cost-benefit analyses of companies looking to open shop in Arizona. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 8 Feb. 2024 The settlement of all lawsuits over New York's marijuana licensing program will allow 436 retail license holders entangled in the legal proceedings to gain the ability to open shops and commence deliveries. Dario Sabaghi, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Inside one of the few open shops, Afro City Marketplace, owner Rwanda Ray sits at the front counter dressed in a floral-print robe and gold cowboy boots, with a huge ring in the shape of Africa adorning her left hand. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2023 The National California Cherry Blossom Festival draws more than 200,000 people every year, and in the early mornings, older couples walk through the neighborhood hand-in-hand as businesses, some run by the granchildren of the original owners, open shop. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Mar. 2021 As a famously adventurous nation looked inward, a new intentionality settled across the country: Why stay in the cities when regional towns offered an opportunity to open shop, cook, and live well? Riley Wilson, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Open shop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/open%20shop. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

open shop

noun
: an establishment in which eligibility for employment and retention on the payroll are not determined by membership or nonmembership in a labor union though there may be an agreement by which a union is recognized as sole bargaining agent

called also merit shop

compare agency shop, closed shop, union shop

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