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Featherbedding

Definition

Featherbedding is the practice of hiring more workers than are needed to perform a given job, or to adopt work procedures which appear pointless, complex and time-consuming merely to employ additional workers. The term "make-work" is sometimes used as a synonym for featherbedding.

What is 'Featherbedding'

Term used to describe the practice of a labor union requiring an employer to hire more workers than necessary for a particular task.

Explaining 'Featherbedding'

Featherbedding has developed over time as unions respond to workers being laid off because of technological change. These lay-offs have caused unions to seek some way to retain workers, even though there may be little work for them to perform.


Further Reading


Economies of scale and a featherbedding cartel?: a reconsideration of the interwar British coal industry
onlinelibrary.wiley.com [PDF]
… ECONOMIES OF SCALE AND A FEATHERBEDDING CARTEL … That the restructuring could have occurred without economic incentives is doubtful … It is to be hoped that these will be studied in greater detail in the future, along with such key of factors as finance, industrial relations …

SMR Forum: Top Management Featherbedding?SMR Forum: Top Management Featherbedding?
search.proquest.com [PDF]
… ECONOMIES OF SCALE AND A FEATHERBEDDING CARTEL … That the restructuring could have occurred without economic incentives is doubtful … It is to be hoped that these will be studied in greater detail in the future, along with such key of factors as finance, industrial relations …

Featherbedding: An assertion of property rightsFeatherbedding: An assertion of property rights
journals.sagepub.com [PDF]
… ECONOMIES OF SCALE AND A FEATHERBEDDING CARTEL … That the restructuring could have occurred without economic incentives is doubtful … It is to be hoped that these will be studied in greater detail in the future, along with such key of factors as finance, industrial relations …

Not featherbedding, but feathering the nest: Human resource management and investments in information technologyNot featherbedding, but feathering the nest: Human resource management and investments in information technology
onlinelibrary.wiley.com [PDF]
… ECONOMIES OF SCALE AND A FEATHERBEDDING CARTEL … That the restructuring could have occurred without economic incentives is doubtful … It is to be hoped that these will be studied in greater detail in the future, along with such key of factors as finance, industrial relations …

Featherbedding and labour market reformsFeatherbedding and labour market reforms
mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de [PDF]
… ECONOMIES OF SCALE AND A FEATHERBEDDING CARTEL … That the restructuring could have occurred without economic incentives is doubtful … It is to be hoped that these will be studied in greater detail in the future, along with such key of factors as finance, industrial relations …

Governmental Restraints on FeatherbeddingGovernmental Restraints on Featherbedding
www.jstor.org [PDF]
… ECONOMIES OF SCALE AND A FEATHERBEDDING CARTEL … That the restructuring could have occurred without economic incentives is doubtful … It is to be hoped that these will be studied in greater detail in the future, along with such key of factors as finance, industrial relations …

Do You Suffer from Technological Featherbedding?Do You Suffer from Technological Featherbedding?
journals.sagepub.com [PDF]
… ECONOMIES OF SCALE AND A FEATHERBEDDING CARTEL … That the restructuring could have occurred without economic incentives is doubtful … It is to be hoped that these will be studied in greater detail in the future, along with such key of factors as finance, industrial relations …

Fifteen fatal fallacies of financial fundamentalism: A disquisition on demand-side economicsFifteen fatal fallacies of financial fundamentalism: A disquisition on demand-side economics
www.pnas.org [PDF]
… ECONOMIES OF SCALE AND A FEATHERBEDDING CARTEL … That the restructuring could have occurred without economic incentives is doubtful … It is to be hoped that these will be studied in greater detail in the future, along with such key of factors as finance, industrial relations …

Railroads Aim to Win Battle… Against Competitive Subsidies, Featherbedding and Unfair TaxesRailroads Aim to Win Battle… Against Competitive Subsidies, Featherbedding and Unfair Taxes
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… ECONOMIES OF SCALE AND A FEATHERBEDDING CARTEL … That the restructuring could have occurred without economic incentives is doubtful … It is to be hoped that these will be studied in greater detail in the future, along with such key of factors as finance, industrial relations …



Q&A About Featherbedding


Is there little work for them to perform or not?

There may be little work for them to perform.

What is featherbedding?

Featherbedding is the practice of a labor union requiring an employer to hire more workers than necessary for a particular task.

How has featherbedding developed over time?

Featherbedding has developed over time as unions respond to workers being laid off because of technological change.

Why do unions engage in featherbedding?

Unions engage in featherbedding because they are concerned about workers being laid off due to technological change.