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Debating Controversial Issues

Panelists discuss whether final offer interest arbitration injures labor relations, whether and when an arbitrator should apply external law, whether arbitration decisions should be published, and whether arbitrators should follow predecessors’ rulings in contract interpretation cases.

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How and why labor arbitrators decide discipline and discharge cases. An empirical examination.

A statistical analysis of over 2,000 discipline and discharge arbitration decisions and the rationale given in those cases in which the discharge penalty was mitigated. Concepts such as the quantum of proof and reliance (or citation) of the “seven tests” of just cause are examined. Theodore J. St. Antoine examines The Common Law of the …

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Globalization and its effect on collective bargaining and labor arbitration

A discussion about the effects of globalization on labor organizations and the workforce. Arnold Zack presents a paper addressing the role of labor relations in the developing world, the role of International Labor Organization (ILO) labor standards in the competing countries, and how globalization impacts the U.S. labor relations system and what can be done. …

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The article presents the results of a study of the persons who serve as labor arbitrators in North America: who they are demographically, their caseloads, fees, affiliations and other practice information.

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