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

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In February the city passed a San Francisco-like ordinance to force employers to offer a week of paid sick leave annually—with an exemption, of course, for union shops. John Daniel Davidson, WSJ, "Austin Votes to Keep the Books Closed," 30 Nov. 2018 One bill, would force local governments to give time off to union shop stewards, though the unions would have to reimburse government agencies for the time off. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "California's Big Labor pushes measures against anti-union activists amid looming hit on their finances," 5 June 2018 One of the bills would require local governments to grant time off to union shop stewards. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "California unions want to keep anti-labor activists from meeting new teachers and cops," 4 June 2018 An article on May 29 about women running in competitive Democratic primaries misstated the first name of a union shop steward at Harvard Law School. New York Times, "Corrections: June 5, 2018," 4 June 2018 Critics and admirers alike said his advocacy was largely responsible for the fact that Kentucky — unlike other Southern states — did not have a right-to-work law, which allows employees to work in union shops without joining a union. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Herb Segal, the king of Kentucky's labor lawyers when labor was still king, has died," 15 Feb. 2018 The first-hand lessons learned, including about union shops, was far more important than even that low wage. WSJ, "Working a Summer Job Should Be a College Must," 26 July 2017

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First Known Use of union shop

1834, in the meaning defined above

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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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