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noun
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.

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Origin of open shop

First recorded in 1895–1900

OTHER WORDS FROM open shop

open-shop, adjectiveanti-open-shop, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for open shop

open shop

noun
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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Cultural definitions for open shop

open shop

A business that employs both unionized and nonunionized labor.

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