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.

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The tentative deal reached last month on massive collective bargaining agreements covers roughly 260,000 workers at UPS, including drivers, package sorters and loaders, operations and dock workers, and is subject to approval by UPS local unions. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Weekend deliveries, new technology addressed in UPS-Teamsters deal," 11 July 2018 The administration wants agencies to reopen collective bargaining agreements to reduce the on-duty time union representatives spend representing employees. Lisa Rein, Anchorage Daily News, "New curbs on federal unions begin to take effect," 9 July 2018 During the alleged scheme, Holiefield was the director of the UAW Chrysler Department and acted as the lead negotiator and the lead administrator for the collective bargaining agreements between the UAW and FCA. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Feds: Widow of UAW boss is 'trying to buy her way out of prison'," 7 July 2018 The two sides are negotiating one of the largest collective bargaining agreements in the U.S., covering about 260,000 UPS employees. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "UPS, Teamsters Reach Handshake Deal on New Contract," 21 June 2018 Mickens, of Clarkston, was among UAW officials responsible for administering collective bargaining agreements on behalf of union members. Fox News, "Ex-UAW official pleads guilty in federal corruption probe," 5 Apr. 2018 The state appointed a receiver with the powers of a superintendent and the school board, with additional powers to suspend collective bargaining agreements; reassign school operators; and replace teachers, principals, or central office leaders. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Analysis: Private group's report on possible takeover of JCPS leaves out key details," 1 Mar. 2018 The city’s budget proposal calls for pay increases for officers and civilian workers employees that is part of their collective bargaining agreements. Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "KC mayor ‘tired of this banging on the city crap’ by police officials over spending," 13 Feb. 2018 Either that or players engaged in a sport that causes brain damage on every play haven’t been smart enough to extract that demand in collective bargaining. Steve Rosenbloom,, "When it comes to guaranteed contracts, NFL players don’t stand strong," 11 July 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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