Definition of yellow dog contract in English:

yellow dog contract


  • A contract between a worker and an employer in which the worker agrees not to remain in or join a union.

    ‘The yellow dog contract is a signed statement by the worker that he is not a member of any union, that he will not join any union while employed in the establishment, and that he will make no effort to induce other employees to join a union.’
    • ‘What an amazing statement to be made by Superintendent Parker in light of the OKC District's 1944 yellow dog contract position.’
    • ‘The signing of an AWA in Australia mirrors the yellow dog contract.’
    • ‘It has been suggested that an oath of non-membership in the past can be as strong a deterrent to future membership and activity as any old-fashioned yellow dog contract.’
    • ‘He begins his depiction in the 1800s and chronicles throughout history introducing his readers to unions, yellow dog contracts, floating laborers, corporate monopolies, and company doctors.’
    • ‘A yellow dog contract is a labor organizer's derisive term for an agreement by employees not to join a union.’
    • ‘As a point of logic, if the right to sign a yellow dog contract is to be denied, the right of an employer to agree to a closed shop contract with a union should be denied too.’
    • ‘Courts upheld the legality of yellow dog contracts and frequently struck down state laws that sought to outlaw them.’
    • ‘Yellow Dog Democrats, I mistakenly thought, had to do with yellow dog contracts back in the early 20th Century.’