One of the most important responsibilities and functions of labor unions today is the negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA's). Theses agreements, between the employer(s) and the members working for that employer(s) can cover wages, benefits working conditions and grievance process. CBA's can range from a one-page letter to a hundred-page document. They can apply to only one employer (such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or the Lyric Opera of Chicago) or to a multi-employer group (such as the Major Record Labels, all of which are signatory to the National Sound Recording Agreement). CBA's can cover a single engagement or a multi-year span of time.
Whatever form they take, CBA’s are the soul of the labor movement, offering members some word in their work environment, through negotiated terms. The Chicago Federation of Musicians Local 10-208 currently has CBA’s with many organizations. Below is a list of some of these organizations and links to their home pages: Please support these employers of Local 10-208 members.