Today in Labor History: May 13
Some 10,000 IWW dock workers strike in Philadelphia – 1913
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Member Tip: Duty to Bargain in Good Faith
While laws do not force either side to agree to any particular proposal, they do require negotiators to approach bargaining with “a sincere resolve” to reach agreement. Agencies and courts that oversee bargaining won’t stand in the way of negotiators taking firm positions and trying to get the other side to give at the table. Each party must be willing to meet with the other at reasonable times and places, to be reasonably flexible in modifying positions, and to demonstrate in other ways that it is genuinely trying to reach agreement.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer