A union shop is a type of union security that requires workers to join a union upon hire or after a compulsory-unionism contract is signed. If the worker wishes to remain employed, he or she must remain part of the union. Compulsory union membership is fairly common in certain industries, and it guarantees that all workers will be on the same side if a dispute between workers or managers occurs. It also prevents the union from being divided by outside forces such as government agencies, anti-union groups, or the company itself. All unions do not have this type of organization and there are some unions that do not require compulsory membership.
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