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An analysis of Supreme Court cases influencing the development of collective bargain and arbitration, and of the shift of the NLRB’s deferral standards, and reasons other than those raised by Paul Weiler [see 1985, page 37] for the decline in the unionized workforce. (Includes table of automotive/UAW wage increases 93-94.)

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The coming end of arbitration’s golden age.

The “Golden Age” of labor arbitration – “the era of industrial self-governance” – commenced during or soon after WWII, and started to decline in the 1960’s, with an increase in the federal regulations overlaying the terms and conditions of employment. The author reviews external law and collective bargaining agreements, and concludes that there are probably …

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Do contract rights vest?

An examination of the circumstances under which certain rights created under a collective bargaining agreement “vest” or “survive” the expiration of the agreement. The author draws a distinction between monetary rights that have accrued and have been earned and non-monetary rights exercisable only in futuro. The author concludes that monetary rights such as vacation pay, …

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