The United Auto Workers and General Motors, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler unions are arguably the best-known examples of typical negotiations. The collective agreements negotiated through negotiations with the three automakers not only set wages and benefits for tens of thousands of auto workers, but also affect non-unionized automakers who try to keep their wages competitive with their unionized colleagues.25 to set the standard. In 2019, the target was General Motors. After failing to expire the contract, 49,000 GM employees went on strike for six weeks in the fall of 2019 to secure a better deal from GM. As a result of the strike, workers protected their health services and secured a substantial increase in wages in the form of an increase in base wages and an accelerated increase towards peak wages for newer workers26.26 The agreement established the model for the sector and the UAW reached an agreement very quickly after GM`s agreement with Ford and reached an agreement with Fiat-Chrysler. The right to bargain collectively with an employer strengthens the human dignity, freedom and autonomy of workers by giving them the opportunity to influence the definition of labour rules and thus gain some control over an important aspect of their lives, namely their work… Collective bargaining is not just a tool for pursuing external objectives… Rather, it is an experience as an experience of self-management that is in itself valuable… Collective bargaining enables workers to achieve some form of democracy in the workplace and to guarantee the rule of law in the workplace. Workers gain a voice to influence the definition of rules that control an important aspect of their lives.  7. Wage estimates are in 2013 and look at the level of wages in 2013 if union density (the proportion of workers in similar sectors and regions that are unionized) had remained at the same level as in 1979. See Jake Rosenfeld, Patrick Denice and Jennifer Laird, Union Decline Lowers Wages of Nonunion Workers: The Overlooked Reason Why Wages Are Stuck and Inequality Is Growing, Economic Policy Institute, August 30, 2016.
Unions in different sectors have bargaining relationships with groups or employers – an agreement allowing them to negotiate pay and social performance standards in an industrial or geographical area. In addition to the Teamsters Master Freight Agreement described above, examples from other sectors are described below. Other collective agreements contain rules on the relationship between the employer and individual workers.