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A review of case law that employer – union joint decisions without a neutral are the legal equivalent of an arbitration decision, for purposes of enforcement by the courts. Open issues of statutes of limitation, judicial review, arbitral immunity and duty of fair representation are raised.

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The author asserts that, increasingly, courts are expanding the scope of the DFR to require types of relief which, if unchecked, may severely hamper unions in the performance of their duties. Specifically, if unions are required to pursue expensive litigation on behalf of individual members, a burden will be placed on their financial resources and …

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The individual employee’s rights under the collective bargaining agreement: What constitutes fair representation

A panel presentation of the union’s duty of fair representation. Professor Summers discusses Vaca v. Sipes, traces the origin of the duty of fair representation [“DFR”] in contract negotiations and administration, and demonstrates its application in hypothetical cases of plant consolidations and processing grievance (including trading off grievances and failing to investigate). Lester Asher discusses …

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A report of appellate litigation involving the arbitral process. The largest volumes of cases were (1) Section 301 cases files by individual employees claiming breach of contract by the employer or of the DFR by the Union, (2) “duty to arbitrate” cases, and (3) cases seeking enforcement of basic, albeit nascent collective bargaining rights in …

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Discussion of the historical status of labor arbitration; evolution of the jurisdiction of arbitrators, the NLRB, and courts to interpret labor agreements; Supreme Court decisions and NLRB policies regarding NLRB interpretation of labor agreements; and the impact on finality of an award considering or ignoring statutes. Lengthy discussion of the junction of representation / work …

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Arbitration and federal rights under collective agreements in 1967: Report of the Committee on Law and Legislation for 1967

Review of recent court decisions affecting collective bargaining agreements. Major subdivisions of report include individual employee rights under Section 301; actions cognizable under Section 301; determination of whether a contract exists; application of contracts to events predating or postdating the contract term; successor obligations; identity of the parties to the agreement; exhaustion of the grievance …

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Arbitration and rights under collective agreements: Report of the Committee on Law and Legislation for 1965

A discussion of recent judicial decisions affecting labor arbitration and collective bargaining agreements. Key areas: Procedural arbitrability; obligations of successor employers; substantive arbitrability; suits to compel or stay arbitration; arbitrator’s’ decision that a dispute is not arbitrable after a court determination of arbitrability; suits to confirm or vacate awards; individual breach of contract suits; other …

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Report of the Committee on Law and Legislation – 1964

Report of the Committee on Law and Legislation

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