Good-Faith Bargaining Law & Legal Definition


Good-faith bargaining generally refers to the duty of the parties to meet and negotiate at reasonable times with willingness to reach agreement on matters within the scope of representation; however, neither party is required to make a concession or agree to any proposal.

Good faith bargaining requires employers and unions involved in collective bargaining to:

  • use their best endeavours to agree to an effective bargaining process
  • meet and consider and respond to proposals made by each other
  • respect the role of the other's representative by not seeking to bargain directly with those for whom the representative acts
  • not do anything to undermine the bargaining process or the authority of the other's representative.