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featherbedding

From Longman Business Dictionaryfeatherbeddingfeath‧er‧bed‧ding /ˈfeDəˌbedɪŋ-Dər-/ noun [uncountable]COMMERCE when there are more workers to do a job than are really needed. TRADE UNIONS are often accused of forcing employers to do this when workers risk losing their jobs because new machines are being introducedManagement says it needs to get rid of featherbedding and other labor abuses and save $50 million annually.
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