What Can Be Negotiated into a Union Agreement?
Wages, benefits such as dental and pension plans, and job security can all be improved through negotiations between an employer and the union. Improvements in vacations, sick pay, and hours of work are also typically achieved through negotiations. Most agreements also include protection against harassment on sexual, racial, religious or any other grounds.
A collective bargaining agreement is a legal and binding document negotiated by the union and the company. “Negotiation time” is the opportunity for members to put forward their concerns and interests for consideration and possible resolution under the collective bargaining agreement. UFCW Local 832 holds membership meetings before negotiations begin to obtain input from our members.
Questionnaires are also often mailed to the membership to ensure that participation in the negotiations process is as broad based as possible. Membership meetings are also held regularly during negotiations to keep members updated on developments and to discuss the union’s response to the employer’s position.
Types of Benefits Commonly Negotiated
The precise benefits an individual member receives are dependent on the collective agreement that has been negotiated by this Local with that person’s employer. UFCW Local 832 negotiates in excess of 100 separate agreements. The following areas are typically covered in UFCW Local 832 agreements.
Semi-Private Hospital Accommodation
Including private duty nursing, wheelchairs, crutches, respirators.