Reopening Clause Law and Legal Definition

A reopening clause is a clause in a collective bargaining agreement providing for reopening negotiations as to wage rates, etc., during the term of the agreement. It states the time or the circumstances under which negotiations can be requested prior to the expiration of the contract. Re-openings usually restrict the number of issues subject to renegotiation during the term of an agreement.

The following is an example of a reopening clause:

"In the event any increase in salary and/or fringe benefits as set forth in this agreement cannot be paid in exact accordance with the terms of this Agreement because of mandated wage control legislation, executive order, or regulation, the parties agree to reopen this agreement for good faith negotiations with respect to such matters."