What is collective bargaining?
- the process in which a trade union and an employer negotiate a first collective agreement or the renewal collective agreement
- the parties usually focus on such issues as union security, wages, working conditions, grievance procedures and benefits
The Bargaining Process
In the Beginning…
- One party gives the other notice to bargain
- The parties agree when to meet
- The existing collective agreement remains in effect
- Bargaining begins
- If both parties reach an agreement, there is a ratification vote.
This is where we all get to vote on the contract that has been tentatively agreed upon.
- This means that the bargaining committee thought it was worth bringing to you for a ratification vote
- The vote is by secret ballot and all members of the bargaining unit are eligible to vote
- If the majority agree, we have a new agreement.
If no agreement is reached, both parties go back to the table and try again