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The deferral policy of the NLRB and the advent of equal employment statutes contribute to the increasing complexity and sophistication of the exercise of arbitral power. Abuses of power are not limited to complex cases or major aspects of a case, however. Venial offenses, such as repetitious recitation of the respective positions of the parties …

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The first obligation of an arbitrator is, therefore, to understand the nature of the dispute, asking questions as necessary or convening an additional hearing. The second obligation is to resolve the dispute within the framework of the labor agreement. Arbitrators should limit their involvement and analysis to the absolute minimum necessary to answer the specific …

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