Key Provisions of Collective Bargaining Agreements (Part 1)

Collective bargaining agreements contain many different clauses. Some clauses are more important than others, but all clauses in a labor contract must be negotiated between the union and the employer. I consider the following clauses to be some of the most important provisions of a contract; recognition, management rights, dues check off, no strike /…
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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 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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