Open shop

An open shop describes an employer that does not require union membership as a condition of employment.  This arrangement is common in states that have adopted right-to-work laws. An open shop is advantageous for the employer, since this situation makes it more difficult for a union to acquire enough mass to be certified as a representative of the employees.

The main difference between an open shop and a closed shop is that union membership is required to work in a closed shop.

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