voluntary subject of bargaining
nonmandatory bargaining, permissive subject of bargaining

Definition:
Subjects of bargaining other than those considered to be mandatory. Either party may propose discussion of such a subject, and the other party may voluntarily bargain on it. Neither party may insist to the point of impasse on the inclusion of a voluntary subject in a contract. For example, the employer may not legally insist on bargaining over the method of selecting stewards or the method of taking a strike vote. (See also mandatory subject of bargaining)

 

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