What are some normal activities of a trade union in the workplace?

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Trade unions normally negotiate compensation on behalf of workers. When a worker is first hired, the union will help her negotiate a starting salary package. The union negotiates all aspects of the compensation of workers including benefit packages and creating a framework for the employment contracts of all workers. This framework also includes how raises will be determined.

The union also represents workers in negotiations concerning work environment, including overtime, scheduling, physical environment, and other factors affecting the workplace, such as employment equity, sexual harassment, and bullying.

The union also negotiates with the employer in cases where there are disputes between one or more employees and management.