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Legal Perspectives & Labor

ED 711

What is collective bargaining?

Collective bargaining consists of negotiations between an employer and a group of employees so as to determine the conditions of employment. The result of collective bargaining procedures is a collective agreement. Employees are often represented in bargaining by a union or other labor organization. Collective bargaining is governed by federal and state statutory laws, administrative agency regulations, and judicial decisions. In areas where federal and state law overlap, state laws are preempted. See, U.S. Constitution, Art. VI.

(From the Legal Information Institute)

Guide Information

We would like to thank Julie Peters of the James Carey Library of the School of Management and Labor Relation at Rutgers University, who has kindly allowed us to reuse her excellent guide to collective bargaining resources.  This guide has been slightly modified to reflect the resources available within the Caldwell University Library. Unfortunately The SMLR Library is closed as of March 18th until further notice.