Featherbedding has developed over time as unions respond to workers being laid off because of technological change. These lay-offs have caused unions to seek some way to retain workers, even though there may be little work for them to perform.
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Featherbedding — is a pejorative term for the practice of hiring more workers than are needed to perform a given job, or to adopt work procedures which appear pointless, complex and time consuming merely to employ additional workers. [ The New Dictionary of… … Wikipedia
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featherbedding — feath·er·bed·ding / fe t̲h̲ər ˌbe diŋ/ n [from the notion of making oneself comfortable through the receipt of excessive or unjustified compensation for little or no work]: the unfair labor practice of causing an employer to pay for services… … Law dictionary
featherbedding — ☆ featherbedding [feth′ərbed΄iŋ ] n. the practice of limiting output or requiring extra workers, as by union contract, in order to provide more jobs and prevent unemployment … English World dictionary
featherbedding — /fedh euhr bed ing/, n. the practice of requiring an employer to hire unnecessary employees, to assign unnecessary work, or to limit production according to a union rule or safety statute: Featherbedding forced the railroads to employ firemen on… … Universalium
featherbedding — The practice of retaining unnecessary union jobs. ► “In addition, Britain, long the home of rigid unionism, is now more flexible than the US when it comes to eliminating union featherbedding.” (Forbes, March 28, 1994, p. 74) … American business jargon
featherbedding — noun the practice (usually by a labor union) of requiring an employer to hire more workers than are required • Hypernyms: ↑practice, ↑pattern * * * | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: from gerund of featherbed (II) … Useful english dictionary
featherbedding — noun Date: 1921 the requiring of an employer usually under a union rule or safety statute to hire more employees than are needed or to limit production … New Collegiate Dictionary
featherbedding — noun The employment of more workers than is necessary because of union rules, especially upon the introduction of new technology … Wiktionary
featherbedding — Synonyms and related words: bedizenment, duplication, duplication of effort, embellishment, expletive, extravagance, fat, filling, frill, frills, frippery, gingerbread, luxury, needlessness, ornamentation, overadornment, overlap, padding, payroll … Moby Thesaurus