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This presidential address discusses whether the basic role of the labor arbitrator has changed or will change, and refutes predictions of a downward trend for the profession. It stresses that the Academy cannot permit its professional standards for integrity, fairness and competency to be lowered.

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The Committee states an urgent need for training of arbitrators in the unfamiliar aspects of public sector grievance and interest arbitration. The public sector might provide an area of training and experience for new arbitrators, and the Academy might consideration recognition of experience in public sector fact-finding and mediation as credentials for membership.

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Discussion of grievance arbitration, distinguishing federal sector from state and local government experience. Includes discussion of advisory arbitration, types of issues submitted, available forums; differences in extent of unionization within public employment; limits on adopting private-sector practices in the public sector; and possible directions of development.

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Grievance adjudication in public employment

An examination of the final disposition of employee grievances in the public sector. “Under the circumstances [i.e., in 1958], it is not surprising that there is less union organization in government than in private industry.. the preconditions on which private grievance arbitration depends are all but nonexistent in government.” Professor Rock then observes that “Until …

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