union shop

noun

Definition of union shop

:an establishment in which the employer by agreement is free to hire nonmembers as well as members of the union but retains nonmembers on the payroll only on condition of their becoming members of the union within a specified time

First Known Use of union shop

1834


Law Dictionary

union shop

noun

legal Definition of union shop

:a unionized business in which the employer by agreement is free to hire nonmembers as well as members of the union but union membership within a specified time (as 30 days) is a condition of continued employment — compare agency shop, closed shop, open shop
Note: State law determines whether a collective bargaining agreement can have a clause creating a union shop. Many states having right-to-work laws bar union shop agreements.

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