The result of contract negotiations is a collective bargaining agreement that spells out in black and white all the terms both parties agree to, from pay rates and benefits, to a grievance procedure, time off and more. You also enjoy a wide range of benefits by being a member, view more information here.
The employees, or bargaining unit, generally nominate a few of their coworkers to represent them, along with expert negotiators from the union. Once the negotiating team reaches a tentative agreement with management, the bargaining unit meets to vote the contract terms up or down. This is called the ratification process. The contract only goes into effect if a majority of the employees approve the tentative agreement.
The specifics of a union contract will vary from one worksite, or employer, to the next, but generally includes provisions on:
The Teamsters Union also performs vital tasks in such areas as pension management, safety & health, community outreach, governmental affairs and communications.