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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.
Historical Examples

It was in this discussion that the question of the closed shop and the open shop came before the conference.
Making Both Ends Meet Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt

For he was conscientious and must open shop with a fresh supply each day.
Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh

Take the question of labor unions and the closed or open shop.
Human Nature and Conduct John Dewey

Employers of labor are justified in demanding the “open shop.”
Elements of Debating Leverett S. Lyon

The general welfare of the American people demands the open shop principle in our industries.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Debate Index Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

You get breakfast, tend the baby, and wash and dress the other three children, and I’ll go down and open shop.’
The Life and Beauties of Fanny Fern Anonymous

But how avoid him while she had no other means of subsistence than working in an open shop?
The Wanderer (Volume 3 of 5) Fanny Burney

This was spoken in the open shop, and many of the young men and women heard it.
The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson Anthony Trollope

It involves no dispute of the right to strike or lock out, nor of the closed or open shop.
Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg

It angered him not a little, and he pitched the papers back, saying, “I’m not going to open shop here.”
Lincoln’s Yarns and Stories Alexander K. McClure

an establishment in which persons are hired and employed irrespective of their membership or nonmembership of a trade union Compare closed shop, union shop

A business that employs both unionized and nonunionized labor.


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