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open shop

noun
1.
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
1895-1900
1895-1900
Related forms
open-shop, adjective
anti-open-shop, noun
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  • It was in this discussion that the question of the closed shop and the open shop came before the conference.

    Making Both Ends Meet Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
  • For he was conscientious and must open shop with a fresh supply each day.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Take the question of labor unions and the closed or open shop.

  • Employers of labor are justified in demanding the "open shop."

    Elements of Debating Leverett S. Lyon
  • The general welfare of the American people demands the open shop principle in our industries.

    Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Debate Index Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
  • You get breakfast, tend the baby, and wash and dress the other three children, and I'll go down and open shop.'

  • But how avoid him while she had no other means of subsistence than working in an open shop?

  • This was spoken in the open shop, and many of the young men and women heard it.

  • It involves no dispute of the right to strike or lock out, nor of the closed or open shop.

    Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg
  • It angered him not a little, and he pitched the papers back, saying, "I'm not going to open shop here."

    Lincoln's Yarns and Stories Alexander K. McClure
British Dictionary definitions for open shop

open shop

noun
1.
an establishment in which persons are hired and employed irrespective of their membership or nonmembership of a trade union Compare closed shop, union shop
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open shop in Culture

open shop definition


A business that employs both unionized and nonunionized labor.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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