Collective Bargaining Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

To help your students learn about collective bargaining and its benefits and pitfalls, this lesson plan includes two video lessons, discussion questions, and a role-playing activity to involve the students in actively exploring the topic.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • list potential benefits and pitfalls of collective bargaining
  • explain the role of the NLRB in collective bargaining
  • define the National Labor Relations Act and explain its role
  • list mandatory subjects and permissive subjects of bargaining


90 - 120 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text.


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


  • Projector or SMART Board
  • The following two index cards, specifics of which can be found in the Activity:
    • Union bargaining committee card with information
    • Employer bargaining committee card with information


  • Bargaining unit
  • Collective bargaining
  • Collective bargaining agreement
  • National Labor Relations Act
  • National Labor Relations Board

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