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    #1

    Featherbedding

    Hi,

    What does this sentence mean?

    Featherbedding forced the railroads to employ firemen on diesel locomotives.

    I did look up the word "featherbedding" but still don't get the sentence.

    Can you help me?

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    #2

    Re: Featherbedding

    This will clarify it for you:
    Featherbedding - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    In your example the firemen were employed on diesel engines that, of course, do not have a fire. So the men were hired to do a job that did not exist.

    not a teacher

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    #3

    Re: Featherbedding

    "Featherbedding" is/was a practice by labor unions to contractually compel the company/organization they work for to hire people for unnecessary positions.

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    #4

    Re: Featherbedding

    Thanks a lot,

    But how does "Featherbedding forced the railroads" to "employ firemen on diesel locomotives."?

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    #5

    Re: Featherbedding

    Thanks a million.

    Million Thanks.

    I don't know which is correct, but thank you very much.

    Thanks loads. (This must be correct)

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