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Reminiscences of Rolf Valtin. James C. Oldham furnishes an introduction and conducts the interview.

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Other people’s messes: The arbitrator as cleanup hitter

Professor Heinsz discusses the authority of arbitrators to reconsideration the earlier decisions of other arbitrators. His observations include the results of a questionnaire that he sent Academy members. Rolf Valtin opines that parties’ use of the words “final and binding” connotes their intention that an arbitration decision will not be merely advisory; not their intention …

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Decisional thinkingWashington panel report

A survey of the pooled knowledge and experience of judges, advocates, and arbitrators regarding how decisions come into being and how they are shaped by the institutional framework within which they operates. The Washington report concludes that judges and arbitrators function the same when arriving at decisions; that judging is an art rather than a …

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This address discusses whether collective bargaining is a public or private institution; the inescapability of judicial review; and concern for the preservation of effective dispute-settling mechanisms through the institution of collective bargaining. The author uses the court case of Holodnak v. Avco to illustrate his concern with the growing use of judicial review to overturn …

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For David P. Miller

Members pay tribute to David P. Miller, who died at the age of 55 on March 22, 1975, while serving as President of the Academy.

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An analysis and comparison of three arbitration opinions regarding personal grooming requirements and, in particular, hair-and-beard regulations promulgated by employers. Such regulations are not a matter of managerial discretion, but must meet the test of reasonableness. Valtin notes that arbitrators tend to apply old-fashioned analyses to workplace controversies involving the new morality and changed lifestyles.

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The National Academy after twelve years: A symposium

The participants urge the Academy to be less a club and more an influential professional organization. The encourage the enforcement of professional standards and the filing of amicus briefs, and suggest law, medicine, the ministry and teaching as models for the professionalization of arbitration. And they urge the development of a clear plan for the …

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