In Los Angeles, public school teachers who are members of the United Teachers of Los Angeles and the American Federation of Teachers received a six-percent pay increase as part of their 2019-2022 break-up collective agreement in January 2019. [ii] Professionals have the right to form a union with their colleagues and to negotiate with their employer on important employment issues. Through the collective bargaining process, workers are able to develop a binding contract guaranteeing certain wages, benefits and other terms and conditions of employment, as well as contracts that are concluded by many CEOs. As is clear from this brochure, millions of workers have chosen to come together and negotiate better wages and benefits together in order to gain control over important labour decisions and to improve the quality of their work and the professional character of their jobs. Inter-union cooperation and negotiations with their employers allow professionals to speak with a stronger collective voice than one might hope. As a result, unionized workers are better placed in a number of arenas than non-unionized professionals, as noted in this fact sheet. A ratified agreement would result in a rollover contract for the UWMC NSR until June 30, 2021. This means that most of the provisions of the current contract would be moved to the 2019-21 contract, with the exception of those described in the transitional agreement and the time provisions. No new contract negotiations would be required before the agreement in 2021. It is important to note that after the conclusion of a KBA, both the employer and the union are required to respect this agreement.

Therefore, an employer should retain the assistance of a lawyer before participating in collective bargaining. These parties reached an interim agreement for the CBA 2019-2021 during the round of negotiations on 25 March 2019. More than six million workers use collective bargaining to negotiate better wages, benefits and working conditions, including doctors, nurses, teachers, teachers, researchers, engineers, interpreters, technicians, administrative staff and many others in countless other professions. [i] No two union contracts are exactly the same because workers adapt their collective agreements to their specific professional needs and the context of their employers.