Duty to Bargain

You have a voice in changes in your workplace!

When you have a union, federal law requires your employer to bargain with you over significant changes in your working conditions. It is illegal for an employer to unilaterally change working conditions that are “mandatory subjects of bargaining.” Before announcing or implementing such changes employers must notify the union and bargain over the changes. To be “mandatory subjects of bargaining,” policies must have a significant impact on your working conditions.

The following is a list of just some of the working conditions that your employer cannot change without bargaining with you first:
  • Absence rules
  • Bathroom procedures
  • Clean up rules
  • Dress codes
  • Drug/alcohol testing
  • Employee privileges (right to listen to radio, smoke, receive telephone calls etc.)
  • Evaluation systems
  • Free coffee
  • Grooming standards
  • Insurance benefits
  • Light duty policies
  • Meal or coffee break rules
  • New hours or shifts
  • Parking rules
  • Pay check procedures
  • Pay rates
  • Safety and health rules
  • Vacation policies
  • Work loads
  • Work rules
  • Work schedules

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