open shop



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
Related formso·pen-shop, adjectivean·ti-o·pen-shop, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for open shop

open shop


an establishment in which persons are hired and employed irrespective of their membership or nonmembership of a trade unionCompare closed shop, union shop
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Culture definitions for open shop

open shop

A business that employs both unionized and nonunionized labor.

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