featherbedding :

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fe dher be ding

  • n  the practice (usually by a labor union) of requiring an employer to hire more workers than are required
  • v  treat with excessive indulgence
  • v  hire more workers than are necessary

  • For nearly a decade, the men who run the nation's railroads have been battling doggedly to eliminate the union-imposed "featherbedding" that the railroads claim costs them.
  • And in uttering his predictable no, Gilbert demonstrated the fact that no man better represents the issues in the great featherbedding fight.
  • Did he approve of featherbedding? He snorted.

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