All About Unions: What is a concession?On March 10, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
As union activists, sometimes the words we use every day can be confusing. So we’re here to explain. In this video, we’re explaining all you need to know about… “concessions.” So what is a concession? In the union world, the word “concession” usually comes up during union contract negotiations. Your union contract is the document agreed to by your employer and union committee that sets out your working conditions – so that includes things like hours, pay, benefits, and rights to union representation. A concession is a negotiating position that seeks to take away or remove something enjoyed by the other side. A company will demand concessions from a union so as to make running their business easier. This often means making employees’ lives harder. For example, your union contract might say you are entitled to 10 hours off between shifts. To make writing their schedules easier, a company might want to lessen the number of hours you get between shifts There are good reasons why rest between shifts is important for employees including health and safety, quality of life, and more. We want to tip the balance in favour of what is best for employees. That’s why it’s so important to understand what things like concessions really are. So now you know what to look out for in your next set of negotiations. Concessions are those takeaways that make things easier for the company and harder for employees. Thanks for watching. For more “All about Unions” videos be sure to subscribe to our social media pages by searching UFCW 401.