Yellow-dog Contract Definition

yĕlō-dôg, -dŏg
An employer-employee contract, now illegal, by which an applicant for a job agrees not to be a labor-union member while employed.
Webster's New World
A document required of an employee by the employer, as a condition of employment, in which the employee promises not to join a labor union, with penalty for breach being the termination of employment. Federal laws, including the National Labor Relations Act, have made such contracts illegal.
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Origin of Yellow-dog Contract

  • So called because such agreements reduced employees to the status of yellow dogs (“worthless things").

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