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Related to featherbedding: Secondary boycott
1. The hiring of more workers than necessary or the limiting of worker productivity in order to allow employment of more persons, usually as a result of a union contract with an employer.
2. The paying for services that are not actually performed, as in a union-imposed fee upon an employer.
feath′er·bed′ v. & adj.
(Industrial Relations & HR Terms) the practice of limiting production, duplicating work, or overmanning, esp in accordance with a union contract, in order to prevent redundancies or create jobs
feath•er•bed•ding(ˈfɛð ərˌbɛd ɪŋ)
the practice by some unions of requiring an employer to hire more employees than are necessary or to limit production according to a union rule or a safety statute.
feath′er•bed`, v.i., v.t. -bed•ded, -bed•ding.