What is COLLECTIVE BARGAINING? Definition of COLLECTIVE BARGAINING in Black's Law Dictionary - Legal dictionary - Glossary of legal terms.
As contemplated by National Labor Relations Act is a procedure looking toward making of collective agreements between employer arid accredited representatives of employees concerning wages, hours, and other conditions of employment, and requires that parties deal with each other with open and fair minds and sincerely endeavor to overcome obstacles existing between them to the end that employment relations may be stabilized and obstruction to free flow of commerce prevented. National Labor Re- lations Act § 8(5), 29 U.S.C.A. § 158(5). Rapid Roller Co. v. National Labor Relations Board, C.C.A.7, 126 F.2d 452, 460.
The essence of "collective bargaining" is the freedom of choice of employees in selection of their bargaining representative. National Labor Relations Act § 1 et seq., 29 U.S.C.A. § 151 et seq. National Labor Relations Board v. American Rolling Mill Co., C.C.A.6, 126 F.2d 38, 41.
"Collective bargaining," within provision of National Labor Relations Act providing that a refusal to bargain collectively should be an unfair labor practice, does not require employer to reach an agreement, but does require sincere negotiations with representatives of employees. National Labor Relations Act § 8(5), 29 U.S.C.A. § 158(5). National Labor Relations Board v. Biles Coleman Lumber Co., C.C.A.9, 98 F.2d 18, 22.
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