- a factory, office, or other business establishment in which a union, chosen by a majority of the employees, acts as representative of all the employees in making agreements with the employer, but in which union membership is not a condition of employment.
Origin of open shop
First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for open shop
There are a lot of unions whose workers are increasingly in competition with small, open-shop firms.Obamacare May Put Some Unions Out of Business
April 18, 2013
Like the Labour Union, they valiantly fought the “open-shop” idea!The Cricket
In factory number one the owner is a hard-driving business man, an active spirit in the so-called "open-shop" campaign.
With the depression the open-shop movement took on a greater vigor.A History of Trade Unionism in the United States
Under McCullogh's regime this open-shop gumshoe artist had free access to the jail with instructions to go as far as he liked.The Everett massacre
Walker C. Smith
Hence, United States Steels adherence to the open-shop principle was a deep and rankling wound in the side of the labor unions.United States Steel
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A business that employs both unionized and nonunionized labor.
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