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Open Shop

A business in which union and nonunion workers are employed. A business in which union membership is not a condition of securing or maintaining employment.

The term open shop is frequently used to imply that the operator of this type of shop is, in effect, exercising discrimination against trade unions and hampering their advancement through the employment of nonunion employees.


Labor Union.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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WORCESTER - Nonunion construction workers are being shut out of the $563 million CitySquare downtown redevelopment project in violation of federal rules, according to a group that represents open-shop construction companies in Massachusetts.