Collective Bargaining

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  • A form of negotiation between a group of unionized workers and an employer. Collective bargaining has existed since the 19th century. Although the phrase collective bargaining was coined by two British labor reformers Sidney and Beatrice Webb in the 1890s, such an approach to negotiation between unionized workers and employers was already common in the United States. The right to collective bargaining in the United States was formalized by the establishment of the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, known as the Wagner Act. Collective bargaining has since become an accepted practice in most Western countries with a high level of industrialization.

    While many different negotiation styles exist, there are two basic forms: traditional bargaining and partnership bargaining. In the traditional mode, each side presents its ...

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