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Reminiscences by Willard Wirtz, former United States Secretary of Labor.

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The presidential address: The adversary system in arbitration

A review of the limitations of adherence to a strictly adversarial format in labor management arbitration and the preeminent role of the arbitrator in setting and ensuring standards of fairness and a full and fair hearing. Arbitrators, as opposed to the parties, are viewed as setting and ensuring standards of fairness in the arbitration hearing. …

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Arbitration is a verb

In his third address to the Academy, Wirtz summarizes the problems of the railroad industry, illustrating why private institutions must take public interests into account. The advent of new conflict areas, including race and age differences, requires a broader concept of arbitration and suggests a need to devise new dispute resolution procedures. The public interest …

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A discussion of some of the elements that place strains on collective bargaining and the developments necessary to the preservation of free collective bargaining. The author discusses new, creative and constructive forms of bargaining to insure the survival of free collective bargaining.

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Due process of arbitration

The author is not referring to legal due process but, rather, “due process” as the exercise of authority with a “due” regard to the balancing of the two kinds of interests, individual and group interests. The center of responsibility in developing the procedural ground rules for labor arbitration has been more in the arbitrators than …

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