featherbedding

[ feth-er-bed-ing ]
/ ˈfɛð ərˌbɛd ɪŋ /

noun

the practice of requiring an employer to hire unnecessary employees, to assign unnecessary work, or to limit production according to a union rule or safety statute: Featherbedding forced the railroads to employ firemen on diesel locomotives.

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Origin of featherbedding

First recorded in 1920–25; feather + bedding
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British Dictionary definitions for featherbedding

featherbedding
/ (ˈfɛðəˌbɛdɪŋ) /

noun

the practice of limiting production, duplicating work, or overmanning, esp in accordance with a union contract, in order to prevent redundancies or create jobs
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Cultural definitions for featherbedding

featherbedding

The practice of forcing an employer to hire more workers than are needed for a job.

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