Commonly Used Terms

An ongoing organization of workers whose mission is to improve the lives of its members and the communities in which they live.

Local Union
An organization of working people who bargain collectively over their wages and working conditions with their employer. The local union has its own bylaws and elects its own officers, but is chartered by the parent union of which it is a part.

Collective Bargaining
Talks between workers and their employer over issues like wages, scheduling, workplace safety, paid time off, job training, and health and retirement benefits.

A company or group of people authorized to act as a single entity (legally a person) and recognized as such in law. 

A chief executive officer, the highest-ranking person in a company or other institution, ultimately responsible for making managerial decisions.