Synopsis By: Nelson - Proceeding Author: Robert G. Howlett

Discussion of the historical status of labor arbitration; evolution of the jurisdiction of arbitrators, the NLRB, and courts to interpret labor agreements; Supreme Court decisions and NLRB policies regarding NLRB interpretation of labor agreements; and the impact on finality of an award considering or ignoring statutes. Lengthy discussion of the junction of representation / work assignment / jurisdictional disputes. Posits arbitrators should look beyond the “four corners” when a statute also bears on the subject matter of the dispute. [See also 1967, pages 111, 142, 173 and 202.]