union shop


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

Examples of union shop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a master tailor, Greenfield went on to make suits for U.S. presidents and productions including Boardwalk Empire and The Great Gatsby, and today the factory bearing his name is the last union shop remaining in the New York area. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 23 June 2022 Coalfield Development is a union shop, and our union partners are helping design our training programs. Michael Zakaras, Forbes, 26 May 2022 In the non-union jobs, there was arbitrary discipline, pay cuts, and termination of long-term workers, where in the union shop, those things were rare. Jim Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Dec. 2021 The university’s recent proposal did not address the union shop clause. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Oct. 2021 The remaining staff are working overtime to push merchandise out to stores for the holiday season, Mr. Mateo, a union shop steward for the Laundry, Distribution and Food Service Joint Board, Workers United, SEIU, said through a translator. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, 26 Sep. 2021 Among those let go was another internal critic and union shop steward, Christopher Robbins, and Richard Yeh, a radio veteran who had been quoted in The New York Times as criticizing the selection of Ms. Cooper. Ben Smith, New York Times, 23 May 2021 Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama appeared to reject unionization, a major win for the e-commerce giant, which waged a high-profile battle to prevent the facility from turning into its first union shop on U.S. soil. Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2021 Nate Castro, a postal staffer and union shop steward in Florida with more than three decades of experience, said the rationale behind DeJoy's policy changes has been unclear. Arkansas Online, 18 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of union shop

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Union shop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/union%20shop. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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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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