A local branch is a member's home base. Local branches work to improve the working conditions of their members. They also provide recreational activities.
Collective agreements for the public sectors apply to people working for municipalities, for the Finnish state and in the church sector.
Trade Union JHL's most important task is to negotiate its members' terms and conditions of employment. Collective agreements determine pay, working hours, the right to annual holiday, and sick-time pay, among other things.
Trade Union JHL unites the professionals working in municipalities, for the Finnish state and in private welfare services, and the students of these sectors.
The terms and conditions of working life are controlled by three factors: labour laws, collective agreements made by employer and employee organisations and agreements made locally at companies and workplaces.