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

Examples of union shop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One is a union shop that has long produced the Plain Dealer. Meg Jamesstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus crisis hastens the collapse of local newspapers. Here’s why it matters," 17 Apr. 2020 Nine of those papers were union shops, according to reporting from NewsReview. Taylor Telford, Anchorage Daily News, "Newspaper giant McClatchy files for bankruptcy, hobbled by debt and declining print revenue," 13 Feb. 2020 American Factory is in part a follow-up to Reichert and Bognar's The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant, which captured the last days of the once-thriving union shop. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "'American Factory' Directors Talk Trump, Globalization and Oscar Gold," 27 Jan. 2020 What’s been widely reported about the recent wave of unionization were the immediate, material gains won by insurgent union shops—contracts with salary floors, generous severance packages, paid family leave. Clio Chang, The New Republic, "How to Save Journalism," 11 July 2019 Local union shops would still have to vote on the deal before anything passes, but a tentative agreement could come as soon as Wednesday. cleveland, "The candidates actually discussed Flyover issues at the debate: The Flyover," 16 Oct. 2019 About three-quarters of the contracts have gone to union shops, Wellesley officials said. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "Wellesley College takes heat from electrical union over female construction jobs," 5 Sep. 2019 At the factory’s opening ceremony, Dave Burrows, the vice president of the American factory, privately curses out Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown for suggesting that the Chinese owner be open to running a union shop. David Bauder, BostonGlobe.com, "First Netflix project endorsed by Obamas debuts today," 21 Aug. 2019 At the factory’s opening ceremony, Dave Burrows, the vice president of the American factory, privately curses out Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown for suggesting that the Chinese owner be open to running a union shop. Washington Post, "Film on factory is first Netflix project endorsed by Obamas," 21 Aug. 2019

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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 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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