featherbedding


featherbedding
noun
the practice (usually by a labor union) of requiring an employer to hire more workers than are required
Hypernyms: ↑practice, ↑pattern

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\\| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷\ noun
Etymology: from gerund of featherbed (II)
: the requiring of an employer usually under a union rule or by safety statute to pay more employees than are needed for a particular operation or to pay full wages for nonproductive labor or unnecessary or duplicating jobs or made-work or for output artificially restricted below normal working capacity

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/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 diesel locomotives.
[1920-25; FEATHER + BEDDING]

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featherbedˈding noun
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Main Entry:feather

Useful english dictionary. 2012.