The Collective Agreement that governs your employment is born out of the collective bargaining process. Committees representing the Employer (usually Human Resources staff) and the Employee (a committee selected by the Union membership) present proposals to amend and strengthen the existing contract. This is the most effective means for employees to share workplace governance and ensures respect from the University. Wages, benefits, safety issues, equality in the workplace, and other issues are all negotiated at the bargaining table. The strength to win concessions that benefit the employee, however, comes from the energy and desire of the membership.