closed shop

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Place of employment bound by a union (collective bargaining) agreement to hire only the members of a particular union. This practice is generally illegal.

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The organization was a closed shop which was shocking but sometimes unions gain so much power they cannot be stopped.
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I could not get the job cause I was informed it was a closed shop and I would have to join something beforehand.
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If you are working under a closed shop you will have to tread lightly because you are always on the boundaries of the law.
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