Collective Bargaining

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Collective Bargaining Collective bargaining is the negotiation that takes place between employees and employers regarding rules in the workplace, working hours, work conditions, and wages. It provides a positive view for workers to maintain that shows they have power over the above-mentioned items. Commonly, collective bargaining is accomplished by a union, which provides, for the employer, an efficient way of responding and communicating with the workers. This is accomplished through a representative, or spokesperson, employed by the union on behalf of the member employees. Not all collective bargaining is seen as good, it all depends on the parties negotiating with each other. In order to make collective bargaining successful unions, and their members, must reach a greater understanding of all aspects and conditions with the company that employs the members. Concessions must be made on both ends to achieve a result that is satisfactory and improving. Common grounds for agreement include wages, hours, and the conditions in the workplace.

Occasionally, when concessions can't be reached strikes may result.

The New Deal Era (1930's) pushed for the legalization of collective bargaining among several other labor laws, which resulted in the formation of unions. When looking back, the result of collective bargaining can be seen around the world. Countries worldwide have unions to protect both employees and companies, and even governments. China, for example, maintains labor unions to pacify angry workers and aid in keeping governmental control. Without collective bargaining statutes how could unions exist? Employees would not have the protection, the negotiation capabilities, or the assistance in finding new work. The Wagner Act also provides services for job seekers, which would be eliminated if society digressed to the "law of the jungle." In order to consider what the results of going back to the "law of the jungle" would be we...