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Collective Bargaining

Giving Working People a Strong Voice 

ACT Ohio staunchly supports the collective bargaining rights of Ohio’s construction workforce because collective bargaining allows working people to join together as a single voice on the job to negotiate on a level playing field for the wages, benefits and conditions they deserve.

Collective Bargaining enables working people who are union members to negotiate with their employers to determine their terms of employment, including pay, benefits, hours, leave and safety policies. ACT believes that Collective Bargaining is a fundamental right of all working Ohioans, given to them by law, because it is an essential tool with which working men and women are able to improve their living standards and provide for their families.

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) established collective bargaining as the “policy of the United States” in 1935. Click to See NLRA Documents.

With Collective Bargaining, union employees choose who will represent them in bargaining sessions with their employer and vote to accept or reject the contract reached by the employer and employee bargaining committees. A ratified contract legally binds both sides to the contract terms.

The U.S. Constitution provides Americans with the freedom of association, a basic principal of Collective Bargaining. With it, employees and employers have a flexible means for adjusting of wages and employment conditions to economic and technological changes in the industry – and, therefore, the chances for labor conflicts are greatly reduced.

“So Called Right to Work” Means - Right to Work FOR LESS

Union construction workers compete largely on the basis of better quality work because they are better trained, have fewer injuries on the job and are more productive. But these competitive advantages are threatened without collective bargaining, because “so called right to work” companies can drive down wages since their employees are not negotiating together. Click For more information. 


The Benefits of Collective Bargaining

For Workers

  • Collective Bargaining increases the strength of the workforce, increasing workers’ bargaining capacity as a group.
  • Collective Bargaining increases the morale and productivity of employees.
  • Collective Bargaining increases employees’ motivation, because they can more easily approachmanagement on various matters.
  • Collective Bargaining helps secure a prompt and fair settlement of grievances.


For Employers

  • Collective Bargaining makes it easier for management to resolve issues at the bargaining levelrather than with each individual worker or through conflict.
  • Collective Bargaining tends to promote a sense of job security among employees and, therefore, tends to reduce employee turnover.
  • Collective Bargaining opens communication between the workers and management.


For the Public

  • Collective Bargaining promotes labor stability within an industry.
  • Collective Bargaining results in harmonious labor-management relations, which helps support economic and social development.