open shop

noun

Definition of open shop 

: 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

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Many of Casper’s temporary stores are currently in malls, and the company expects to keep opening shops in top-tier malls. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "Casper, a Web Pioneer, to Open 200 Stores," 8 Aug. 2018 The few open shops have painted the colors of the national flag on their storefronts. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Syria’s Former Rebel Strongholds Endure as Assad Regime Reasserts Control," 12 July 2018 The unpretentious eatery bears the name of the late Ray Parker, who opened shop in the basement of a building practically across the street from Rye Harbor State Park in 1961. Tom Long, BostonGlobe.com, "Seafood lovers head to Ray’s on Rye Beach," 25 May 2018 After the end of the Cultural Revolution, monks whose land had been expropriated co-operated with local authorities and businesses keen to attract visitors, paving roads to their temples and opening shops hawking spiritual tat. The Economist, "China’s holy sites list on the stockmarket," 26 Apr. 2018 In 1968, the year Intel opened shop, a psychology professor at the University of Maryland cast a theory that surely influenced Andy Grove. John Doerr, WIRED, "When John Doerr Brought a ‘Gift’ to Google’s Founders," 24 Apr. 2018 Not only have companies like Warner Music Group and Roc Nation opened shop or moved headquarters there, but so have businesses that do things like produce musician merchandise or provide tour buses. Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com, "Can New Orleans become a thriving music industry hub like Nashville?," 8 Mar. 2018 FAO Schwarz, which Toys R Us once owned, is opening shops inside department stores in the U.S. and China. Joseph Pisani And Anne D'innocenzio, chicagotribune.com, "Toys R Us' likely liquidation will have a ripple effect," 15 Mar. 2018 FAO Schwarz, which Toys R Us once owned, is opening shops inside department stores in the U.S. and China. Washington Post, "Toys R Us’ likely liquidation will have a ripple effect," 15 Mar. 2018

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1903, in the meaning defined above

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open shop

noun

Legal Definition of open shop 

: 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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