Collective bargaining is one of the most powerful tools available to BAC and its members. It paves the road for better wages and benefits, improved working conditions, and retirement security.
Under the Constitution, the IU – when it is a signatory to an agreement – may bargain on behalf of Locals and members. The IU has negotiated several such agreements on behalf of BAC members, including the Refractory and Maintenance Agreements and the International Council of Employers (ICE) Agreements.
Most of the Union’s collective bargaining agreements are negotiated between Locals and employers directly.
To help increase members’ understanding of the collective bargaining process and its central role in achieving good wages, benefits and working conditions, the International Union has developed a three-part Issue Bulletin series titled, Collective Bargaining—Achieving Our Best for Our Members, which clarifies key language and responds to member questions: