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.


open-shop, adjective
anti-open-shop, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
open shop
closed shop Compare union shop an establishment in which persons are hired and employed irrespective of their membership or nonmembership of a trade union

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open shop definition

A business that employs both unionized and nonunionized labor.

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Example sentences
But those who cannot afford a counter in the tower open shop on the pavement
They don't, in the open shop environment, have the advantage of the formal
It was neither illegal nor unusual for the employer to propose an open shop
  among its first proposals in bargaining.
Businesses will be less likely to invest and open shop in a country that seems
  unwilling or unable to balance its books.
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