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a closed shop

A field of business or competition in which only people adhering to certain criteria are allowed to join or participate. A reference to factories that only allowed people belonging to a particular union to work there. Despite the recent advances of gender and race equality, this industry remains a closed shop for wealthy white men. Up until relatively recently, journalism was a closed shop, open only to those with a very specific educational background. With the advent of the Internet, though, anyone can be, or at least call themselves, a journalist.
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a closed ˈshop

a factory, etc. where only people belonging to a certain union may work
See also: closed, shop
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Closed shops have been illegal since 1990, so there is no need to join a union to get a job.
WHEN I joined this company more than 30 years ago the Sunday People newspaper was a closed shop.
Even though no actual work had started on building shipyard berths along False Creek, MacMillan ordered merchant ships from West Coast Shipbuilders to irritate and spur existing competitors--Burrard Dry Dock and North Van Ship Repairs both yards operating with closed shops. The US Maritime Commission had similarly favoured Henry Kaiser when traditional shipbuilders rejected the commission's schedules as unattainable and novices such as Kaiser constructed vessels faster than anyone expected.
Most Vancouver-area shipyards, following general practice in the United States along the Pacific Coast, operated on the basis of a closed shop, whereby membership was required in recognized labour unions holding agreements with the companies.
At some point these closed shops will have to be opened to competition and the police will have to ensure that the disruption caused by the inevitable protests is kept to a minimum.
A lot above average -0.091 A little above average -0.071 About average 0.065 A little below average 0.051 A lot below average 0.046 Ceteris paribus, establishments with closed shops and union induced limits to managerial freedom are about 10% more likely to have below average financial performance and 16% less likely to have above average financial performance.
The 1988 Employment Act gave increased protection to employers and employees against the operation of closed shops. It repealed the earlier provisions that had permitted dismissal for non-membership of a union where an |approved' closed shop was in operation, thereby making dismissal for non-membership of a union automatically unfair.
LETTER FROM THE PAST Closed shops eroding our freedom WE now have the closed shop.
Sindhiani Tehreek, the women wing of the QAT, staged protest demonstrations in Thatta and Sujawal burning tyres on National Highway and forcibly closed shops.
1989: The Labour Party, under Neil Kinnock, above, abandons its policy on trade union closed shops in line with European legislation.
Factory closed shops WE now increasingly have the closed shop.
JWP activists forcefully closed shops in few areas and resorted to aerial firing due to which police took arms from them at Jungson chowk
The town's tree-lined Front Street is a conservation area but concern has grown about the closed shops blighting it.
After their letter was ignored, the store was built and we can now see the result of closed shops and the general decaying of this area.
The number, an ironic dig at union power in the days of wildcat strikes and closed shops, went down a storm, even if the Elvis lookalike was more familiar with the likes of The Wonder of You and Can't Help Falling in Love.