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 The workforce is nonunion, which may cut labor costs and, without work rules negotiated in collective bargaining agreements, management will have more flexibility. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 1 May 2022 In open session, the board held a hearing and approved tentative collective bargaining agreements with the San Marcos Educators Association. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 Courts generally are deferential to actions taken under a collective bargaining agreement, and the policy has been collectively bargained between the league and its players’ union. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Just before preseason kicked off, the league and its players reached their first-ever collective bargaining agreement, which, among other wins for the union, saw minimum salaries increase by 160%. Melanie Anzidei, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 Members of San Antonio’s police union voted by a wide margin to approve a new contract with the city, bringing the collective bargaining agreement one step closer to reality after a year of negotiations. Megan Stringer, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Apr. 2022 The new collective bargaining agreement allows MLB to set the deadline on any day between July 28 and Aug. 3 . . . Peter Abraham,, 16 Apr. 2022 The bill would not apply to workers who are represented by a union and covered by a collective bargaining agreement. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 13 Apr. 2022 When speaking with the Journal Sentinel, Rickman, Sanchez and Otto wouldn't specify key requests that might appear in a collective bargaining agreement. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of collective bargaining

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of collective bargaining was in 1891

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15 May 2022

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“Collective bargaining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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