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 2014, 2013 and 2012 were as follows:
Year Total Employees U.S. Employees
2014 11,851 1,505
2013 11,674 1,620
2012 12,134 1,772
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. See Item 4. Information on the Company – Conditions in Israel – Israeli Labor Laws. We believe our overall relationship with our employees is satisfactory.
Collective Bargaining Agreements.
In Israel, several of our wholly-owned subsidiaries are each parties to collective bargaining agreements covering a portion of their employees. A total of approximately 2,260 employees in Israel are covered by such agreements that extend for various periods up to 2017. Approximately 185 of the employees at Elbit Systems of America’s operations are covered by collective bargaining agreements in effect through various periods through May 2017.