Typically, the negotiation of the first collective agreement takes up to six months. Negotiations on extension agreements will also take a few months, but while they are being negotiated, the old agreement will remain in force. Section 10. Right of initiative on the need to conclude a collective agreement. The right of initiative on the need to conclude a collective agreement with the employer is conferred on the trade union through its executive body, a workers` representative body elected by it or directly at the general meeting (or conference) of the workers` collective. During the three months preceding the expiry of a collective agreement or agreement in force, or within a period prescribed by such an instrument, either Party may notify the other Party in writing of its intention to enter into negotiations with a view to concluding a new collective agreement or agreement. The United States recognizes collective agreements    The compensation system is an integral part of the collective agreement, as it sets minimum wages. The parties to the negotiations enjoy full freedom of choice and discussion of the issues proposed for inclusion in the collective agreement or agreement.