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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.
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(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
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(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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They labeled it an "attempt at featherbedding" and declared: "We are legally responsible for the health and safety of Shell employees in the workplace.
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The Javits Center has been allowed to become uncompetitive because of corruption and featherbedding. Yankee Stadium in Manhattan would become a major draw for tourists, yet politics will keep it in The Bronx until George moves to the Meadowlands.
If bluecollar, labor union featherbedding has mostly been stamped out, white-collar featherbedding in government and private sector corporations seemingly goes on, even in recessionary times, though perhaps on a diminished scale.