Agency Shop

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Agency Shop

A company with a large number of employees represented by a union but in which workers are not required to join the union. That is, the agency shop has both union and non-union workers. The non-union workers are not required to pay union dues but must pay what is called an agency fee to cover the costs of collective bargaining. See also: Open shop, Closed shop, Right to work.
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Despite efforts to distract the Court with a variety of references to the compelled speech doctrine, nonunion members' primary objection to the agency shops has always been that it constitutes an "impingement upon [their] associational freedom" to refuse to associate with the union.
DeMille launched an effort to establish the so-called "right to work," which would ban the closed shop (an arrangement restricting employment to union members), the union shop (requiring nonunion employees hired to join the union within a certain time period), and the agency shop (in which employees must pay union dues).
Nigel's father went into semiretirement in 1982 and in 1986 he rang him to say there was a business opportunity to buy eight news agency shops and his father was prepared to act as his mentor which was very important, because from day one he got credit from suppliers because of his dad's reputation.
One provision is the "agency shop," which requires nonunion workers to pay fees to the union.
The Senate stripped that provision from the bill and had the legislation apply to prevent and prohibit "agency shop" provisions, which require workers to support unions financially, whether or not they choose to join them.
Tui announced a major streamlining operation which will mean a reduction in the number of the company's Lunn Poly high street travel agency shops - there are branches in Nuneaton and Bedworth.
Furthermore, union representatives point out that the museum's other unions have agency shops. "In New York City it is totally standard to have a union security clause, and it costs the museum nothing.
Congress authorized the establishment of agency shops out of a sense of fair play.
In this paper we examine the relationship between union membership and job satisfaction with survey data collected in three agency shops or open shop work environments.
In order to prevent free riders, many unions have collective bargaining agreements stipulating the existence of union and agency shops. Some unions even provide dues-paying members with additional benefits besides those reached through collective bargaining, such as insurance, credit cards, loans, and discounts on consumer products.
Thomson claimed a 21 per cent share of the package holiday market in 1997, and operates the Britannia charter airline and the Lunn Poly chain of 800 high street travel agency shops.
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