WARNING: The fact that language appears in an existing contract does not mean that it is model language or that it has withstood arbitration.
Model contract language is available on a number of issues but it is often buried within publications. The sites below will help you if you need to write proposals in these areas:
- Union Building Bargaining Language (Register or log in for access)
Model and sample contract language on 10 issues that will help the union maintain membership and power, including new employee orientation, procedures after the loss of dues checkoff, union leave and more.
- Safe Jobs Now: Sample Health and Safety Contract Language
- Keys to Healthy Computing: Collective Bargaining
- Preventing Workplace Violence: Workplace Violence Contract Language (Appendix G, p.67)
- Collective Bargaining for Health and Safety: A Handbook for Unions
This publication by the Labor Occupational Health Program at the University of California at Berkeley, is the best source for contract language on safety and health. It is available for $20 and an index of contents and ordering information may be found at this site.
- AFSCME Guide to Winning Work/Family Programs: Work/Family Options and Examples of Contract Language
- AFSCME’s Comprehensive Guide to Understanding The Family and Medical Leave Act: Bargaining for FMLA
- Labor Project for Working Families: Work and Family Contract Language
This database contains sample model clauses from many different union contracts in the areas of child care, elder care, alternative work schedules, family and medical leave, and other family-friendly workplace policies. It doesn’t contain specific language. Free registration required to use database.
- Preventing and Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
- Domestic Violence: What Unions Can Do: Sample Union Contract Language on Domestic Violence (p. 14)
- Fighting for the Rights of Employees with Disabilities: Negotiating Favorable Contract Language
- Hey, the Boss Just Called Me into the Office: The Weingarten Decision and the Right to Representation on the Job
This booklet by David Rosenfeld, Caren Sencer, and Jannah V. Manansala, now in its 4th edition, contains sample contract language to reinforce the right to union representation during disciplinary actions. It is available for purchase from the Univ. of California Berkeley Labor Center.
- Free suggested contract language on workplace bullying can be obtained by e-mailing Dr. David Yamada, JD, director of the New Workplace Institute, Suffolk University Law School, at email@example.com.
This guide from AFSCME includes a section on sample contract language and policy.
Other general sources for union contracts are:
- Berkeley Institute of Industrial Relations Labor Contracts Database
- Bureau of Labor Statistics Collective Bargaining Agreements File
Public and private sector collective bargaining agreements covering 1,000 or more workers are available from the links on this page.