Synopsis By: Lurie - Proceeding Author: Bruce E. Kaufman

The author furnishes a brief history of the development of collective bargaining in the United States, observes the decline in the organized labor movement since the late 1970s, enumerates the causes of that decline, and forecasts continued decline absent reform of the governing legal framework (a prospect he views as “modest to slim”). He foresees a possible increased role for arbitration as “a central component of a new form of constitutional government in industry.”