The practice of retaining unnecessary union jobs.
 ► “In addition, Britain, long the home of rigid unionism, is now more flexible than the US when it comes to eliminating union featherbedding.” (Forbes, March 28, 1994, p. 74)

American business jargon. 2014.

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