Synopsis By: Mackenzie - Proceeding Author: Marcia L. Greenbaum

A review of interest arbitration in Massachusetts police and fire disputes, Boston MBTA disputes, the airline industry, and in baseball. The role of the arbitrator in enhancing the acceptability of the process with the parties and the public is highlighted; concerns over the “split the baby” result and the possible chilling or “narcotic” effects of interest arbitration on bargaining are seen as unfounded.