United Steelworkers Collective Bargaining Agreements
Information on how agreements are concluded and how your commitment can help secure fair contracts. Beginning in 1947, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) acted under the Mandate of the Taft-Hartley Act, also known as the Labor Management Relations Act, to request collective agreements and make them available in a publicly available file. In September 2007, responsibility for maintaining collective agreements and continuing to collect these agreements was formally transferred from the BLS to the EMPLOYment Standards Administration (ESA) Laboratory Management Standards (ESA) within the U.S. Department of Labor. This transfer was the result of Secretaries Regulation 4-2007, which appeared in the federal registry on May 8, 2007. Collective bargaining is the legal process in which a union and an employer negotiate a contract covering the terms of employment. These include wages, working time, paid leave, benefits, job security and protection against unfair pay or dismissal. Negotiations are held at the bargaining table, where representatives of our employer and our local union meet to make proposals and discuss. The two sides chew (meet separately), make counter-proposals, test ideas and look for ways to overcome differences. Members of the Union who stand well may vote in favour of ratification or rejection of a provisional agreement.
Your negotiating committee can make a recommendation on a proposed agreement. If we take steps to show our employer that we support our bargaining committee, we can send a message that we are not satisfied with the status quo or our employer`s demands. When our employer sees that we are united, he puts us in a stronger position at the negotiating table. It is customary for local unions to negotiate beyond the expiry date of the contract, as both parties go through the negotiation process and approach an agreement. You will find information about other collective agreements in our guide, unions and the Internet, collective agreements>. We need to strengthen our bargaining power. Bargaining power is the ability to achieve our negotiating objectives and strengthen our treaty. It comes from our solidarity, our determination and our desire to remain united.