Once the NRL has certified a union as an exclusive bargaining partner, the union has an irrefutable presumption of one-year majority support (River Dyeing – Finishing Corp. v. NLRB, 482 U.S. 27, 107 S. 2225, 96 L. Ed. 2d 22 ). This year, the employer must not refuse to negotiate with the union because the union does not represent a majority of workers. At the end of this year, the employer may refute the presumption that the union represents the majority of workers, by showing either that the union does not have majority support, or that the employer doubts in good faith that the union has lost the majority (NLRB/Curtin Matheson Scientific, 494 U.S.
775, 110 S. Ct. 1542 , 108 L Ed. 2d 801 ). In cases where the employer doubts that a union is a majority, the employer may “proactively withdraw” the union`s recognition by insisting on a collective agreement that ends at the end of the certification year (Rock-Tenn Co. v. NLRB, 69 F.3d 803 [7. Cir. A collective agreement is the ultimate goal of collective bargaining.
As a general rule, the agreement defines salaries, hours, promotions, benefits and other conditions of employment, as well as the procedures for dealing with disputes that result from them. Since the collective agreement cannot address all future employment problems, past unwritten customs and practices, external law and informal agreements are just as important to the collective agreement as the written instrument itself. In Finland, collective agreements are of general application. This means that a collective agreement in an industry becomes a general legal minimum for an individual`s employment contract, whether or not he or she is unionized. For this condition to apply, half of the workers in this sector must be unionized and therefore support the agreement. The law of collective agreements has four fundamental points: Obligation to negotiate in good faith During the negotiation process, the parties are not required by law to reach an agreement. However, they must negotiate in good faith (29 U.S.C.A. Although faithful is a somewhat subjective term, the courts will consider all the circumstances of the negotiations, including off-the-table conduct such as pressure and threats (NLRB v.
Billion Motors, 700 F.2d 454 [8. Cir. 1983]). Most authorities agree that an absolute refusal to pay is bad faith (Wooster). British law reflects the historically contradictory nature of labour relations in the United Kingdom. In addition, workers are concerned that the union, if it were to file a collective agreement infringement action, would be bankrupted, which would allow workers to remain in collective bargaining without representation. This unfortunate situation can change slowly, including due to EU influences. Japanese and Chinese companies, which have British factories (particularly in the automotive industry), try to pass on the company`s ethics to their workers. [Clarification needed] This approach has been adopted by local British companies, such as Tesco.