Labor Unions and Collective Bargaining Agreements

Currently, over 460,000 Texas employees belong to labor unions, while over 2.5 million California employees belong to labor unions. Union employees are not employed at-will; they have rights and responsibilities set forth in a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Unions aim to protect workers through numerous avenues under United States labor union laws. While labor union influence is not as strong as it perhaps used to be, it still plays an instrumental role in the lives of many workers. If your employees are in a labor organization or acting as a union, it is imperative you understand what the labor laws are in your state.

The terms of a CBA are negotiated by representatives of the employer and the labor union, and interpretation of this agreement is subject to federal laws, including the National Labor Relations Act and the Labor Management Relations Act. Unions are created with the intention of protecting workers by providing them with a way to negotiate the following:
Fair wages
● Fair working conditions
● A means to file grievances for violations of labor law
● To organize strikes to protest poor conditions or laws
In general, labor laws are in place to govern how workers are treated by unions and employers. If you need assistance negotiating a Collective Bargaining Agreement, enforcing its terms, or preventing unfair labor practices under law, contact Attorney Janovsky for a consultation.

About Collective Bargaining Agreements

Collective Bargaining Agreements are the most powerful way for worker interests to be protected and carried out. As mentioned, this type of agreement is negotiated between the given union and an employer. During CBA negotiations, terms are set that both the union workers and employer agree upon. Some of the terms discussed typically include:
● Wages
● Hours
● Working conditions
● Vacation and sick days
● Benefits
● Terms surrounding termination

The CBA will protect all workers named under the agreement. Once the CBA is signed by both sides, any change to the outlined terms must require approval by the designated union representative. CBAs typically last for a set period, which can be decided upon by the union workers and employer. All violations of the CBA are subject to a state and/or federal investigation and even prosecution. However, in most cases, an arbitration process is followed to settle the grievance before it is taken to court.

Janovsky & Associates is here to answer any questions you may have and help you negotiate the terms of a CBA. The laws surrounding labor unions and CBAs can be somewhat complicated, which is why you should contact Attorney Janovsky today. Whether you are a union member in Texas or in California, or an employer in need of negotiating terms with union workers, Janvosky & Associates is here to help and partner with you on a wide range of legal issues, and is prepared to answer any questions you may have about your state’s labor laws today.

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