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
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the practice (usually by a labor union) of requiring an employer to hire more workers than are required
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Let us look at the class of people who have the weak moral fibre sufficient to indulge in featherbedding.
Abramoff described his practice of "featherbedding" - making job offers to chiefs of staff in Congress.
I'm afraid I don't quite know what the $20 million is that you're referring to, and I certainly don't support "featherbedding", since I'm no friend of large, inefficient corporate consultancies.
I'll give you a hint: look up the term "featherbedding".
"These 'featherbedding' provisions sought by Local 63 OCU are unacceptable, and they run counter to the employers 'efforts to reach fair and reasonable contracts that provide for staffing based on business requirements and that reflect today's economic conditions."
I don't know of anyone "featherbedding" their nests and if they were - they chose a pretty bad place to do it considering the brutal hours and relatively low pay that people get working for the NDP.
Sounds like featherbedding, but no one is going to speak up with the heat always dialed in to a comfortable 70 degrees at the PPA.
With Amtrak now the key to the President's rail program, a review of Amtrak's recent performance reveals that this "transformational" event will take place upon a foundation of epic failure, gross mismanagement, and union featherbedding.
The California experience proves that nothing short of school choice (competition) can possibly correct the waste and featherbedding in the public schools.
Tolerance is dismissed as an indulgence and a lack of moral standards; progress is trashed as an opportunity for social engineering and a cloak to enhance state power and also as featherbedding the feckless, undeserving poor.