A lockout is a refusal by the employer to provide opportunities to work; it (sometimes literally) locks out employees and prohibits them from doing their jobs (and being paid). The NLRB views lockouts and an unfair labor practice only when the employer acts for a prohibited purpose. Lockouts are not widely used today; employers are usually reluctant to cease operations when employees are willing to continue working.

Lockout is the management decision to put pressure on union members by closing the firm.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Lockout
- The closing of a factory or workshop by an employer, usually in order to bring the workmen to satisfactory terms by a suspension of wages.
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