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Collective Bargaining 1 Building Positive Labor-Management Relationships Through Collective Bargaining Jennifer Baxter BUS 670 Professor Little May 23, 2011
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Collective Bargaining 2 The International Association of Firefighters was formed in 1918 to unite firefighters for better wages, improved safety, and greater service for their communities. At a time when fire fighters worked seven days a week, had little benefits, and safety meant putting a wet towel over their face before running into flames, the IAFF became the voice of the firefighter, the protector of the protector. It is through collective bargaining that this labor union and the employer are able to negotiate the scope of the employment relationship; in turn, creating a safer working environment as well as a strong foundation for which the labor and management teams can use to strengthen their relationship. The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local number 3825 entered into a formal agreement with Thurston County Fire District 6 in order to come to a mutual understanding between both parties regarding wages, working hours, and conditions of employment. This employment contract was created in order to define the terms in which a safe and fair working environment could be maintained amongst the employees of District 6. Mallor et al (2010) denotes that this contracting allows the parties involved to create a type of private law that will govern their relationship. Moreover, the contract is a legally enforceable set of promises between the parties in which a person injured by a breach of that contract is entitled to call on the law to force the breaching party to honor the contract (p 290). The contract between Thurston County Fire District #6 and International Association of Firefighters Local #3825 is a legally enforceable contract between the two parties because it contains the six elements that ensure its validity, based on the description provided by Mallor et al (2010). First, the contract confirms the offer proposed as well the acceptance given based on the terms of the final contract. The contract shows a mutual agreement between the parties based on a clear understanding of what they are undertaking and the set of signatures present on the
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Collective Bargaining 3 contract from both the union president and the fire chief. Third, consideration is present based on the salary and work conditions that the employer has agreed to provide in exchange for the work that the employees agreed to provide in return. Both parties appeared to be competent when they agreed on the terms of the contract. The contract has legality of purpose, in that it does not violate the law. Last, the contract has proper form based on the terms outlined in writing, and then signed by both parties (p. 292). Per the contract agreement between Thurston County District 6 and the IAFF Local
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