1A system whereby employees in a place of work are not required to join a labor union. Compare with closed shop, union shop.
- About 270 workers struck Johnson Truck on April 7 after the company, owned by Carlisle Companies, demanded, in addition to economic concessions, an open shop and the dropping of the automatic dues check-off.
- The sagging economy, competition from the open shop and a new, younger breed of workers and employers have changed the face of construction.
- But the Teamsters bureaucracy broke off negotiations only when the company insisted on instituting an open shop and dropping the dues checkoff, whereby the company deducts union dues from workers' paychecks.
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