collective bargaining


Definition of collective bargaining

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

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The next round of collective bargaining is scheduled for September.
Recent Examples on the Web Rookie holdouts have become rare in the NFL as the current collective bargaining agreement slots contracts for draft picks. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions agree to contract with fourth-round NFL draft pick Logan Stenberg," 17 May 2020 The state will try to negotiate a 10% pay cut with goverment workers through collective bargaining this summer. Alexei Koseff,, "How Gavin Newsom plans to close California’s huge budget gap during coronavirus pandemic," 14 May 2020 While Cambodia’s work force is more unionized than others in the region — around 80 percent — the unions there are fragmented, meaning successful collective bargaining negotiations can be difficult. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "Union Garment Workers Fear ‘an Opportunity to Get Rid of Us’," 8 May 2020 Ohio is the only state where adjuncts and graduate students are excluded from collective bargaining law and can't unionize, according to the AAUP's Ohio Conference. Max Londberg,, "University of Cincinnati leaders adopt furlough policy as budget cuts," 3 May 2020 Lombardini initially deferred Young’s request to include the health plan in the scope of the collective bargaining talks, referring the decision instead to the plan trustees. Anousha Sakoui, Los Angeles Times, "After sparring, WGA and Hollywood studios agree to start talks and extend contract," 30 Apr. 2020 But that matter is already a subject of discussion between the union and studios, outside the contours of formal bargaining, so its unclear whether the issue will be brough into the (virtual) collective bargaining room. Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, "SAG-AFTRA, Studios to Start Contract Talks Monday, Sidelining Writers Guild," 24 Apr. 2020 If Mnuchin were to gain greater control through the new loan, a slew of Postal Service management decisions, including the terms of major contracts and collective bargaining strategy, could require Treasury approval. Jacob Bogage,, "Administration considers leveraging emergency coronavirus loan to force Postal Service changes," 23 Apr. 2020 The union filed a collective bargaining grievance against the center for failing to notify employees six weeks before paychecks were halted but agreed to drop the grievance as part of the payment deal. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Kennedy Center strikes deal to pay employees cut after receiving $25M from coronavirus relief package," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of collective bargaining

1891, in the meaning defined above

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“Collective bargaining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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