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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First Known Use of open shop

1903


Law Dictionary

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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