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Post-Merger Seniority Writes in the Airline Industry II. Mergers in the Airline Industry

A panel discussion of the history of airline mergers and the technology now being used to assist arbitrators to make decisions on seniority lists.

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Fireside Chat with Theodore J. St. Antoine

Ted St. Antoine, a past Academy president is interviewed by another past president, Richard I. Bloch and by Richard’s wife, Susan L. Bloch. Both were law students of Ted’s at the University of Michigan.

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Salary Arbitration in the NHL: Eligibility, Rules, and Process

An examination of the process of salary negotiation in the NHL, followed by a panel discussion comparing that process to Major League Baseball’s.

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The NAA agora: What’s right with labor arbitration, and how to keep it that way.

A panel discussion about the roll of the arbitrator, the mentoring and acceptance of new arbitrators, continuing education and training, and best practices.

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NAA President Richard I. Bloch is introduced by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Harry T. Edwards. President Block proposes that arbitrators engage in more experimentation and innovation in the processes by which they resolve disputes, and describes several approaches he has used.

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An examination of the arbitrator’s role in applying public statutes to determinations of just cause when those statutes have been incorporated by reference into the CBA.

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Discipline, discharge, external law and procedure -Roundtable discussion

A roundtable discussion, based upon hypothetical examples, of off-duty misconduct as cause for discharge. Subjects addressed include representation of the employee by independent counsel – a plea of guilty vs. an equivalent verdict – admissibility of and reliance upon a verdict – due process including search and seizure – deciding the case on an issue …

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Professional responsibilities of arbitrators

Richard Block discusses whether and under what conditions arbitrators should agree to serve as expert witnesses.Walter Gershenfeld discusses when disclosure is required of an arbitrator, and when recusement is appropriate.And Alexander Porter addresses the issues arising when concerns about payment of the arbitrator arise.

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Arbitral implications: Hearing the sounds of silence

Authors Mittenthal and Bloch examine how arbitrators, in performing their interpretive function, find implied obligations that are nowhere mentioned in the contract. Arbitrators embrace those implications that help to preserve the parties’ bargain and reject those that alter or enlarge it. Author Macey agrees that preserving the parties’ bargain should be a guiding concern, but …

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