The 5 day Collective Bargaining course focuses on maximizing our bargaining power by developing a strategic approach. We discuss the importance of preparation including generating proposals from the membership, assessing the climate of bargaining, building a strong committee, developing a strong proposal package, and determining priorities.
Through a role play activity, participants will have an opportunity to experience the give and take of the process, draft contract language, negotiate an agreement (wages, benefits and working conditions), and deepen their understanding around the role of the bargaining committee throughout negotiations. We discuss the ratification process and the role of the committee in presenting a tentative agreement to members. Attention will also be given to the importance of collective bargaining as an opportunity to engage members, connect members to the union and, as a result, strengthen the local union. This program will provide bargaining committee members with a solid foundation for their work at the bargaining table.