Featherbedding definitions

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The hiring of more workers than necessary or the limiting of worker productivity in order to allow employment of more persons, usually as a result of a union contract with an employer.
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The paying for services that are not actually performed, as in a union-imposed fee upon an employer.
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The practice of limiting output or of requiring extra workers, as by union contract, in order to provide more jobs and prevent unemployment.
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Present participle of featherbed.
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(US) The employment of more workers than is necessary because of union rules, especially upon the introduction of new technology.
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