a contract made through collusion between management and labor representatives containing terms beneficial to management and detrimental to union workers.
Origin of sweetheart contract
First recorded in 1945–50
Also called sweetheart agreement.
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British Dictionary definitions for sweetheart agreement
an industrial agreement made at a local level between an employer and employees, often with clauses advantageous to the employer, such as no strikes, but without the recognition of the national union representing the employees
Australian an industrial agreement negotiated directly between employers and employees, without resort to arbitration
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