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closed shop

closed shop

n
(Industrial Relations & HR Terms) (formerly) an industrial establishment in which there exists a contract between a trade union and the employer permitting the employment of the union's members only. Compare open shop, union shop

closed′ shop′


n.
a business establishment in which union membership is a condition of employment.
[1900–05, Amer.]

closed shop

A firm which allows only union members to be employed operates a closed shop.
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Noun1.closed shop - a company that hires only union members
company - an institution created to conduct business; "he only invests in large well-established companies"; "he started the company in his garage"
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These values found resonance with proprietary capitalists who were threatened by the renewed efforts of a rapidly growing craft-union movement at the turn of the century to establish and maintain closed-shop agreements (requiring all specified employees to be union members and be paid union wages) through tactics such as secondary pressure (for example, consumer boycotts or pressure brought against firms that did business with a non-union shop).
During the Great Upheaval of the mid-1880s, workers were charged and prosecuted for criminal conspiracy when they attempted to obtain or enforce closed-shop agreements through nonviolent means such as boycotts.