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

Examples of open shop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Davenport said that the DAC does not have authority to decide who is allowed to open shop on the property when it is completed. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, "‘Years of meetings’ still ahead for proposed mixed-use development off Plumtree Road in Bel Air, official says," 19 Aug. 2020 At the few open shops, bored staff members watched movies on their phones, slept or paced aimlessly. Rachel Cheung, Washington Post, "Macao gambled on a costly casino shutdown. It may emerge a winner from coronavirus.," 14 Feb. 2020 North Rhine-Westphalia is also allowing larger furniture retailers — think Ikea stores — to serve customers, while Berlin won’t open shops before Wednesday to allow for more planning time. Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg.com, "Germany to Reopen Stores in First Step Toward Post-Virus Era," 7 May 2020 Amid the surge in demand, fashion designer Batani-Khalfani decided to make use of all the fabric in her house to open shop. Coral Murphy, USA TODAY, "Homemade mask sellers have get creative as the CDC sets new guidelines," 4 Apr. 2020 In Fisherman’s Wharf, a neighborhood popular with visitors, the few open shops included a hardware store and an In-N-Out Burger, for takeout orders only. David Ingram, NBC News, "'Everything is out of our control': San Francisco eases into lockdown," 19 Mar. 2020 Home Slice Pizza, founding in Austin in 2005 and now boasts three locations, will open shop at 3701 Travis in Midtown in early 2021. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Austin’s Home Slice Pizza to slice into Midtown," 11 Feb. 2020 Winnfield, the largest city in the parish and the birthplace of legendary Louisiana Gov. Huey Long, has a tiny downtown with as many empty storefronts as open shops. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Under Trump, Louisiana is at epicenter of migrant detention," 9 Oct. 2019 And on the first day of sales in Ann Arbor on Dec. 1, plenty of people from Ohio made the drive to one of the three open shops in the city. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Ohioans are crossing border for Michigan marijuana, but police keeping an eye on state line," 24 Dec. 2019

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1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Open shop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/open%20shop. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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