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 All frontline associates will remain employed and all existing collective bargaining agreements will continue, the statement said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Sep. 2023 The Springfield police officers’ collective bargaining agreement stipulates that an officer can only be fired within 90 days of the date of the offense, a provision common in police union contracts across the state. Hanna Krueger,, 6 Sep. 2023 The company’s proposal has the backing of the United Steelworkers (USW), who have the right to bid on U.S. Steel as part of their collective bargaining agreement with the company, and of Gary’s mayor. Alex Dalton, Chicago Tribune, 3 Sep. 2023 In general, there’s reason to be optimistic about collective bargaining rights on Labor Day this year. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2023 Biden praised the deal after it was reached in July and emphasized the power of collective bargaining. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, 28 Aug. 2023 Crewmembers in the camera department, grip and electric and set decoration were all said to be involved in the work stoppage, a recognition strike that attempted to pressure management into recognizing a union as the workers’ collective bargaining representative. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Aug. 2023 This will be the first time IATSE will negotiate a collective bargaining agreement for touring physical therapists. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Aug. 2023 Under their collective bargaining agreement signed in 2020, union workers are not allowed to engage in any kind of strike or lockout. Margaret Kates |, al, 30 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of collective bargaining was in 1891

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“Collective bargaining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

collective bargaining

: discussion between an employer and union representatives over wages, hours, and working conditions

Legal Definition

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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