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.
An employment contract, no longer legal, in which an employee agrees not to join a labor union during the term of employment.
An employer-employee contract, now illegal, by which an applicant for a job agrees not to be a labor-union member while employed.
Origin of yellow-dog-contract
- So called because such agreements reduced employees to the status of yellow dogs (“worthless things").