featherbedding

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Verb[edit]

featherbedding

  1. present participle of featherbed

Noun[edit]

featherbedding (uncountable)

  1. (US) The employment of more workers than is necessary because of union rules, especially upon the introduction of new technology
    • 2019: "Blood and Oil" by Seth Harp, Rolling Stone
      I eventually grew bigger than Gazprom, the Russian state oil company, but it has always had a problem with internal malfeasance and featherbedding.