What are Mandatory, Permissive, and Illegal Subjects of Bargaining?

Employers are pleasantly surprised when I tell them that bargaining for a collective bargaining agreement does not mean that every part of running their business must be negotiated. I then explain what a management rights clause is – a blog entry for a later day – and the difference between mandatory, permissive, and illegal subjects of bargaining.…
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What is a Duty to Bargain in Good Faith?

The duty to bargain in good faith is found in Section 8(d) of the National Labor Relations Act.and governs negotiating collective bargaining agreements between labor unions and management. Both unions and employers must bargain in good faith. To bargain in good faith means to meet at reasonable times and confer in good faith with respect to wages, hours,…
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What Are Labor Negotiations Like?

Labor negotiations are like snow flakes – no two are alike. There are many factors that go into making up labor negotiations that a blanket “what are labor negotiations like” is difficult to define. The employer’s level of resistance to the union, the union’s level of understanding the employer’s business, the negotiators’ personalities on both…
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