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- a factory, office, or other business establishment in which union membership is a condition of being hired as well as of continued employment.
Origin of closed shop
An Americanism dating back to 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for closed shop
- (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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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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