Open Shop Law and Legal Definition
Open Shop is a bargaining unit in a company or workplace at which the workers, though represented by a duly-elected and certified union, are not required to pay the union dues or service fees for representation which the union is nevertheless legally obligated to provide.
It is a place of employment at which one is not required to join or financially support a union as a condition of hiring or continued employment. Open shop is also known as merit shop. However, under US laws, workers who refuse to pay dues or representation fees to the certified union nevertheless have a right to sue the union if it fails to represent them as fully as it does dues-paying members.