How Collective Bargaining Agreements Work

By: Dave Roos

Collective Bargaining Agreements: Cheat Sheet

Stuff you need to know:

  • The ground rules for the collective bargaining process were established in 1935 with the passing of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).
  • In the collective bargaining process, the parties don't have to come to an agreement, but they are required by law to negotiate "in good faith" toward that goal.
  • Unions typically represent workers during the collective bargaining process, but any group of workers can organize themselves -- with or without a union -- and earn the right to collectively bargain under the NLRA.

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