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Reminiscences: A fireside chat with Alex Elson.

The reminiscences of Alex Elson, a founding member of the Academy, of his life experiences, and observations about arbitration.

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Arbitrator Elson suggests that the length of opinions be reduced by omitting reiteration of the CBA at length; omitting a full restatement of the parties’ positions but, instead, explaining their positions in the contentions portions of the decision; and giving only a cursory description of frivolous arguments. He also recommends dropping third-person references to “the …

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The primary consideration in advising an employer whether to defend or settle a grievance headed for arbitration is the advocate’s estimate of the probable outcome. In this respect, arbitration is no different from a lawsuit. Presented here are the considerations that advocates undertake when deciding whether to arbitrate, how to select the arbitrator, and how …

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The judge has both legal and equitable jurisdiction, the arbitrator only legal. This article examines the practical consequences.

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The court’s power in the interpretation and enforcement of CBAs is far greater than that of arbitrators. The judges on our panel have little difficulty in accepting the narrow scope of review prescribed by the Steelworkers Trilogy. A recurring issue is how to balance the statutorily mandated right of exclusive representation by the union with …

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Chicago panel discussion

A panel discussion covering a wide range of topics about the arbitration and litigation of labor-management matters, and the decision-making process associated with each.

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A survey of the knowledge and experience of judges, advocates, and arbitrators, as to how their decisions come into being and how they are shaped by their respective institutional frameworks. The first of five reports is the functioning of the arbitrator, for which there are two schools of thought: 1) the arbitrator as problem-solver and …

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Examination of the necessity of a code of professional responsibility for labor arbitrators that would address competency, impartiality, expedition, and expense. Since many arbitrators are not members of the Academy and are not subject to thorough investigation before acceptance for membership, the establishment of guidelines is recommended to aid beginners. The author submits that arbitrators …

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The arbitrator and the NLRB: Workshop sessions: Workshop B

Edited transcript of one of four concurrent workshops on papers presented at pages 47 and 67

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Problems of proof in the arbitration process: Workshop on Chicago Tripartite Committee Report

Edited transcript of 2-hour workshop on the committee report (discussed at 1966 p. 86) with audience questions and comments

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