sweetheart agreement


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sweetheart agreement

n
(Industrial Relations & HR Terms) an industrial agreement made at a local level between an employer and employees, often with clauses advantageous to the employer, such as no strikes, but without the recognition of the national union representing the employees
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These sweetheart agreements should be no surprise in a city where the powerful public-employee unions go all out to elect their chosen candidates.
Sweetheart agreements were arranged between various employers and PRI-aligned unions.
When some players finally hired Ed Garvey, former head of the National Football League Players' Association, to investigate Eagleson's work as union head, Garvey produced a 1989 report which revealed that "the conflicts of interest are shocking, but even more shocking is a pattern of sweetheart agreements with the NHL over all these years .