Number of Employees. Most of our employees are based in Israel, and we have a significant number of employees in the United States. The total number of employees worldwide and the number of employees in the U.S. at the end of 2009, 2008 and 2007 were as follows:
Year Total Employees U.S. Employees
2009 11,238 1,806
2008 10,867 1,826
2007 10,072 1,749
The majority of our Israeli employees have individual employment contracts. However, by law some employees receive rights under a number of general collective bargaining agreements and under Israeli employment laws. We believe our overall relationship with our employees is satisfactory.
Collective Bargaining Agreements.
In Israel, Elop, ESLC-T, Cyclone, Elisra, Tadiran Systems and Tadiran Spectralink are each parties to collective bargaining agreements covering a portion of their employees. A total of approximately 2,090 employees in Israel are covered by such agreements that extend for various periods up to 2012. Approximately 190 of the employees at Elbit Systems of America’s Forth Worth operations are covered by a collective bargaining agreement in effect until 2011.