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

Of course, a new hard cap established with the most recent collective bargaining agreement has changed the rules since the Padres’ all-in push in 2016-17. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres no longer on restriction in international player market," 1 July 2019 The contract can't formally be signed until next Saturday under the collective bargaining agreement. NBC News, "Brooklyn Nets to sign Kevin Durant, even though he's likely to sit out a year," 30 June 2019 Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, Durant can earn a maximum salary of $38.1 million next season and Leonard $32.7 million. Andrew Greif,, "Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant in free-agency mix for Clippers," 29 June 2019 And even teams without cap space can spend top dollar to retain their free agents and exceed the salary cap, per rules of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA free agency: Which teams have money to spend on All-Star," 29 June 2019 In the collective bargaining agreement, M.L.B. and the players’ union earmarked $40 million for an ambitious schedule of games abroad. James Wagner, New York Times, "As M.L.B. Heads to London, Dominican Players Long for a Homestand," 28 June 2019 Rapinoe was one of five players whose names were on the lawsuit filed against US soccer's governing body in 2016 alleging wage discrimination, which led to a new collective bargaining agreement. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Megan Rapinoe: USWNT captain, World Cup winner and campaigner for social justice," 28 June 2019 Maddon said of a stipulation in the collective bargaining agreement that states that two teams will play on Thursday night following the All-Star Game while the other 28 teams won’t start the second half until Friday. Mark Gonzales,, "Craig Kimbrel is en route to Cubs. But is Albert Alzolay now headed to Iowa?," 26 June 2019 As part of the collective bargaining agreement, teams pay for hotel arrangements and meal money for the first seven days while at home. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins players with options bear with the up-and-down life," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of collective bargaining

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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