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Checklist of Contract Clauses

Introduction

This checklist identifies contract language included in typical collective bargaining agreements, to inform or remind negotiators about what topics could be covered.

Every bargaining is unique, so certain items may be more or less relevant than others, depending on the workers and employers involved. Some items may not be appropriate for a given setting. The checklist also includes items important from the union's perspective.

Management will likely propose provisions for management rights or a zipper clause, which are common in collective bargaining agreements. Sample language for all items on this checklist is available from the Research and Collective Bargaining Services Department.

The first item on any checklist is understanding the needs and concerns of the bargaining unit, and then focusing on core issues that matter to the entire bargaining unit, and on provisions that help build union power. The items on this checklist should be considered in that light.

Recognition

Non-Discrimination

Union Rights

Union Security

Check-Off 

Bargaining to Organize

Management Rights

Probation

Grievance Procedure

Arbitration

Hours of Work, Schedules, and Overtime

Pay Differentials

Seniority

Layoff and Recall

Filling of Vacancies

Discipline and Discharge

Personnel Records

Performance Evaluation

Holidays

Vacation

Sick Leave

Leaves of Absence

Job Classicifications

Wages

Bargaining *Contingency Plans*

Benefits

Health and Safety

New Technology

Prohibition of or Limits on Drug Testing

Education and Training

Child Care/Elder Care

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Labor/Management Committee

Uniforms and Tools

Inclement Weather

Travel Regulations and Expense Reimbursement Procedures

Past Practices

Sub-Contracting

No Strike/No Lockout

Savings Clause

*Zipper* Clause

Duration of the Agreement