Weekly Union Member Tips

Selecting the Union’s Bargaining Team

There’s no “one size fits all” for bargaining committees, since the size and makeup of each workplace is different. Bargaining a contract requires a tremendous amount of time and effort, in both face-to-face negotiations and in each side doing separate preparation and research. Teams need to be small enough to get the work done efficiently. But it also makes sense for a union bargaining team to be large enough to include people with a close understanding of the needs of the various types of people in the bargaining unit. Whether the differences are those of day and night workers, skilled and unskilled, male and female, different races or cultural groups, or anything else, the union needs some way of making sure that the bargaining team can speak forcefully and accurately for all members.

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