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.