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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The practice of requiring an employer to hire more workers than are needed or to limit their production in keeping with a safety regulation or union rule.

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  • v. Present participle of featherbed.
  • n. The employment of more workers than is necessary because of union rules, especially upon the introduction of new technology

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  • n. the practice (usually by a labor union) of requiring an employer to hire more workers than are required

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  • The practice of forcing the employer (by union rule, etc.) to hire more workers than needed (or to limit his workers' production). (From WordCraft)

    May 20, 2008