yellow-dog contract


: an employment contract in which a worker disavows membership in and agrees not to join a labor union in order to get a job

Examples of yellow-dog contract in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In response to a massive UMWA organizing effort in the area, local mining companies forced miners to sign yellow-dog contracts that bound them never to join a union. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, 25 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of yellow-dog contract was in 1920

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“Yellow-dog contract.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Legal Definition

yellow-dog contract

see contract

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