Collective Bargaining May Take Months or Years

According to a recent article by Bloomberg Law, the average time required to negotiate a first union contract has increased to 409 days.

The study of 391 contracts shows most unions have no contract signed within a year of organizing.

Why does it take so long?

Because collective bargaining is just that–a negotiation. Both sides have to agree to all the terms of the contract.

NPR reports that 21 months after the Amazon Labor Union was recognized, it still has no contract with the company.

And, as of January 1, 2024, 380 Starbucks stores are unionized. Yet, not one has a contract.

What does all of that mean for you? That bringing in a union may not be a short-term solution for anything.