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union shop

a shop, business establishment, or part thereof, in which terms and conditions of employment for all employees are fixed by agreement between the employer and a labor union.
a shop, business, etc., in which membership in a union is made a condition of employment, but in which the employer may hire nonunion workers provided that they become members after a stated period, usually 30 days.
Compare nonunion shop.
Origin of union shop
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for union shop
Historical Examples
  • In this very usual demand for the "closed shop" or "union shop" the public can see very little justice.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • It is by just this assumption that union advocates beg the question of the "union shop."

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • A marked difference in costs of production will cause the free shop to grow and the union shop to shrink.

  • The institution of the union shop is by intention democratic and inclusive.

    Making Both Ends Meet

    Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
British Dictionary definitions for union shop

union shop

(formerly) an establishment whose employment policy is governed by a contract between employer and a trade union permitting the employment of nonunion labour only on the condition that such labour joins the union within a specified time period Compare open shop, closed shop
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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union shop in Culture

union shop definition

A business or industry in which all new workers must join a labor union after a specified period of time. (See closed shop and right-to-work laws.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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