closed shop

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noun
  1. a factory, office, or other business establishment in which union membership is a condition of being hired as well as of continued employment.
Compare open shop.

Origin of closed shop

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for closed shop

closed shop

noun
  1. (formerly) an industrial establishment in which there exists a contract between a trade union and the employer permitting the employment of the union's members onlyCompare open shop, union shop
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closed shop in Culture

closed shop

Technically, a business in which employees must join a labor union before being hired. This practice is now illegal. The term is used synonymously with union shop.

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