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Featherbedding

1. Pejorative; a term for the hiring or maintaining the employment of more workers than a company needs, or of instituting unnecessary work procedures so that workers may have something to do without increasing the company's production. Historically, this has applied to union contracts in which a union insists the employer hire more union members than he/she needs. However, the term is also used to describe unnecessary or nepotistic management level positions.

2. Under the Taft-Hartley Act, an illegal agreement providing for payment for services that are unperformed and not to be performed. This was passed as an anti-union measure limiting the ability to create "make-work" programs, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled such programs to be legal in American Newspaper Publishers Association vs. National Labor Relations Board (1953). This decision defined featherbedding exclusively as paying a worker not to work.
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The welfare state was set up to help people in need not, featherbed them forever.
CHELTENHAM suffered its fourth and fifth equine fatalities of the week when Featherbed Lane broke a leg in the Coral Cup and Abergavenny was put down after being injured in the same race, writes Graham Dench.
Featherbed Lane is on the regular Stratford open-top tourist bus itinerary, linking Anne Hathaway's Cottage with Mary Arden's House.
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It happened at about 9am on Friday, December 30, in Featherbed Lane, near the junction with Alberbury Drive.