The Court found that the agency shop clause is valid when the fees are used by the union for “collective bargaining, contract management and complaint adjustment.” The key to Harris is that Abood does not apply, especially because in this case the employees are private sector employees, while the employees of Abood are public sector employees. Therefore, Abood does not extend to Harris. Thematic forum “Freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining: a basis for decent work”. A collective agreement is the ultimate goal of collective bargaining. As a general rule, the agreement defines salaries, hours, promotions, benefits and other conditions of employment, as well as the procedures for dealing with disputes that result from them. Since the collective agreement cannot address all future employment problems, past unwritten customs and practices, external law and informal agreements are just as important to the collective agreement as the written instrument itself. Although the collective agreement itself is not applicable, many of the negotiated terms relate to wages, conditions, leave, pensions, etc. These conditions are included in a worker`s employment contract (whether the worker is unionized or not); and the employment contract is of course applicable. If the new conditions are not acceptable to individuals, they may be contrary to their employer; but if the majority of workers have agreed, the company will be able to dismiss the complainants, usually unpunished. In Sweden, about 90% of employees are subject to collective agreements and 83% in the private sector (2017).   Collective agreements generally contain minimum wage provisions.
Sweden does not have legislation on minimum wages or legislation extending collective agreements to disorganised employers. Unseated employers can sign replacement agreements directly with unions, but many do not. The Swedish model of self-regulation applies only to jobs and workers covered by collective agreements.  Collective bargaining allows workers and employers to voluntarily agree on a wide range of issues. Nevertheless, it is limited to some extent by federal and regional laws. A collective agreement cannot be entered into by contract, which is prohibited by law. For example, a union and an employer may use unconventional negotiations to deprive workers of the rights they would otherwise enjoy under laws such as civil rights laws (Alexander v. Gardner-Denver Co., 415 U.S. 36, 94 P. Ct.
1011, 39 L Ed. 2d 147 ). Nor can collective bargaining be used to waive the rights or obligations that the laws impose on each party. For example, an employer cannot negotiate with collective agreements to lower safety standards that it must meet under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (29 U.S.C.A. Moreover, the collective agreement is not purely voluntary.