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The Pros And Cons Of Collective Bargaining

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Collective bargaining is the cornerstone of labor relations in America today and allows workers of various backgrounds to effectively negotiate fair employment. Beginning in the summer of 2015, contract negotiations began between Verizon, and employees affiliated with the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) unions. This dispute affected thousands of workers, and both sides remained steadfast in their efforts for close to a year (Richardson, 2016). The collective bargaining process for Verizon, CWA, and IBEW resulted in one of the largest and longest strikes in the last decade, and Verizon also holds the spot for the second largest strike in last decade which occurred in 2011 (Pressman, 2016). These large strikes in response to failed or drawn out negotiations can affect many areas of labor relations including workers, businesses, and consumers. Collective Bargaining Dispute The collective bargaining dispute between Verizon, the CWA, and the IBEW was a long and grueling process for all parties. Considering the multiple disagreements between the unionized workers and Verizon, and influences from external forces, it is no wonder a resolution was severely delayed. Nearly 40,000 Verizon employees are unionized under the CWA and the IBEW, and these workers held 27 separate collective bargaining agreements which expired in August of 2015 (Richardson, 2016). The collective bargaining process between Verizon, the
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