Synopsis By: Lurie - Proceeding Author: Arvid Anderson

The author addresses interest arbitration in the public sector. The various forms of dispute procedures are listed, and the legal challenges that have been made to interest arbitration are described. The focus of the article is the New York City experience, including the history of the NYC Collective Bargaining Law and the procedures set forth therein. The author opines that the process works: since the enactment of the Act, there have been only 3 major strikes for the 600 contracts negotiated, and only 8.6% of contract disputes have required impasse procedures. (Wages have continued to be set primarily by collective bargaining.) The author believes that the NYC processes can be successfully applied to other jurisdictions.