feather bedding

featherbedding

[feth-er-bed-ing]
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.

Origin:
1920–25; feather + bedding

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featherbed

[feth-er-bed]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), featherbedded, featherbedding.
to subject to or engage in featherbedding.

Origin:
1945–50; back formation from featherbedding

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featherbedding (ˈfɛðəˌbɛdɪŋ)
 
n
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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featherbedding definition


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

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