by Mark S. Mathison, Esq.
The current labor environment provides opportunities for unionized employers to negotiate more favorable collective bargaining agreements. Because of the economic realities affecting U.S. workplaces and the politics of labor unions, employers are finding that unions are open to addressing subjects on which they previously had resisted change.
Beginning with the 2008 recession, evidence suggests that many employers are taking positions on key contract issues that unions are less inclined to resist. This observation applies not only to economic issues like wages and insurance, but also to a range of other subjects such as subcontracting, protection of bargaining-unit work, furloughs, seniority and even pay-for-performance.
Today, unionized employers are increasingly deciding it is time for such changes.
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