collective bargaining


Definition of collective bargaining

: negotiation between an employer and a labor union usually on wages, hours, and working conditions

Examples of collective bargaining in a Sentence

The next round of collective bargaining is scheduled for September.

Recent Examples on the Web

In the contract, the men and the women’s team have different collective bargaining agreements, with a marketing component And that’s a huge difference between the men and the women’s contracts. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Abby Wambach Won't Stop Until the U.S. Women's Soccer Team Gets Equal Pay," 12 Mar. 2019 The vast majority of state employees’ wages are determined by the civil-service salary schedule and collective bargaining agreements and so shouldn’t run afoul of the new law, said a spokeswoman for the state’s labor department. Paul Berger, WSJ, "NJ Transit Gave $1.4 Million in Raises Following New Pay-Equity Law," 10 Feb. 2019 The majority also gave some weight to the difficulty of determining how to calculate agency fees without requiring employees to subsidize activities remote from collective bargaining. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Supreme Court Topples Precedent to Hobble Public Unions," 27 June 2018 The court ruled that states can no longer require public employees who are represented by a union — but have chosen not to formally become members — to contribute to the costs of collective bargaining. Susan Dynarski, New York Times, "Fresh Proof That Strong Unions Help Reduce Income Inequality," 6 July 2018 Naturally, the strong wording gave many respondents pause, given that three years remain until the next round of collective bargaining. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "MLB players survey: Sounding off on umps, shifts, steroids - and whether to strike back," 28 June 2018 The case before the Supreme Court, Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31, centers on whether unions can require public employees to chip in for the cost of collective bargaining. Hillary Borrud,, "Oregon fish and wildlife employee adds her voice to anti-union Supreme Court case," 2 Mar. 2018 Flex workers, meanwhile, have no collective bargaining power and little, if any, means to advocate for higher wages or more humane working conditions. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Amazon is cutting costs with its own delivery service — but its drivers don’t receive benefits," 26 Dec. 2018 If the company doesn’t want to recognize the union, then workers will have to hold an official unionization vote through the National Labor Relations Board, an independent federal agency that enforces US labor laws and collective bargaining rights. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Amazon workers in New York just announced their plan to unionize," 12 Dec. 2018

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1891, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of collective bargaining

: talks between an employer and the leaders of a union about how much a group of workers will be paid, how many hours they will work, etc.

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Legal Definition of collective bargaining

: negotiation between an employer and a labor union usually on wages, benefits, hours, and working conditions — see also bargaining agent at agent, bargaining unit, Labor Management Relations Act

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