Through the Society of United Professionals: The Society of United Professionals was founded more than 70 years ago by engineers who wanted better working conditions. Today, the company represents 8,000 professionals across Ontario in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Members of the company include engineers, lawyers and superiors among many other professions. Learn more about www.thesociety.ca and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The term “collective bargaining” was first used in 1891 by Beatrice Webb, founder of the INDUSTRIAL relations sector in the United Kingdom.  It refers to the type of collective bargaining and agreements that have existed since the rise of trade unions in the 18th century. “The Society of United Professionals is proud to work with employers to negotiate collective agreements that are fair to all,” said Scott Travers, President of the Society. “I am very pleased that our members voted in favour of this agreement.” The American Federation of Labor was founded in 1886 and provided a large number of workers with unprecedented bargaining power.  The Railway Labor Act (1926) required employers to bargain collectively with unions. Collective bargaining is a process of bargaining between employers and a group of workers who aim to regulate wages, working conditions, benefits and other aspects of workers` compensation and workers` rights. The interests of workers are generally represented by representatives of a union to which the workers belong. Collective agreements concluded in these negotiations generally define the size of wages, working time, training, health and safety, overtime, claim mechanisms and rights to participate in professional or professional affairs.
 The right to collective bargaining is recognized by international human rights conventions. Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights describes the ability to organize fundamental human rights unions.  Point 2 (a) of the International Labour Organization`s statement on fundamental principles and rights in the workplace defines “freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining” as an essential worker`s right.  The 1948 Convention on Freedom of Association and the Protection of the Right to Organization (C087) and several other conventions protect collective bargaining in particular by creating international labour standards that deter countries from violating workers` right to co-association and collective bargaining.  In 1931, the Supreme Court was created in the Von Texas – N.O.R. case.