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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.
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open-shop, adjective
anti-open-shop, noun Unabridged
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open shop

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.

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