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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


(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.
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Noun1.featherbedding - the practice (usually by a labor union) of requiring an employer to hire more workers than are required
practice, pattern - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
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Include UNISON and the whole situation is crystallised into one massive group which wants the featherbedding of the public sector to continue no matter what the cost.
From lavish "mitigation" payoffs to local politics, to cover-ups of cost overruns, to substandard construction work and materials, to see-no-evil management, to featherbedding and egregious waste, the Big Dig had it all.
And the featherbedding that has been all but abolished from private industry continues within big-city school systems.
There's a lot of creative record-keeping going on, as well as bureaucratic featherbedding, but it's the non-riding taxpayers who are really being railroaded.
Featherbedding by the state breeds complacency and soon performances begin to flag.
Everyone in the room seemed to have forgotten that hundreds of millions of dollars of school construction money had disappeared into a dark hole because of the featherbedding work rules and rank incompetence at the Board of Education.
The omnipresent danger to continued technological advance is that innovation - not unlike free trade - has many enemies who would like nothing better than to impose legal and political restrictions on it, from licensing laws to featherbedding.
WHEN NEWSPAPER EXECUTIVES in Detroit describe the way the papers were produced before the strike, they lean on one word redolent of labor/management disputes fought decades ago: Featherbedding.