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The authority of labor arbitrators to fashion and administer discovery procedures is now firmly established. The basic objective of arbitral discovery is to achieve full disclosure while avoiding the legal complexities of discovery as practiced by “litigators.” A duty of full disclosure applies to the parties. This article addresses burden of proof responsibilities (and distinguished …

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Arbitration of discrimination grievances

The author discusses the statutes enacted between 1963 and 1978 prohibiting discrimination because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, and age, and the practical limits of arbitration under collective bargaining agreements to the resolution of discrimination claims. Nonetheless, the author forecasts that arbitration will play a valuable role in the resolution of discharge cases …

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A review and suggested synthesis of the Howlett/Meltzer debate over the extent to which arbitrators should consider the law in interpreting contracts. Moves from the obvious case where the contract explicitly references the law, to intermediate cases where the law informs the meaning of unclear language, to the debate begun at the prior year’s Academy …

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Discussion of areas where NLRB and arbitration intersect. Expresses NLRB desire to accommodate and encourage arbitration. Discusses Board policy before and after an award issues and in representation cases. Expresses concern over the viability of Spielberg in light of the theory that arbitrators should confine themselves to the contract ad leave statutory issues to the …

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An examination of the relationship between arbitration and the NLRB. Includes discussion of Board deferral to arbitration in unfair labor practice and representation cases, both where arbitration has been used and where it is available but has not been used; the duty to furnish information relevant to contract administration; and arguably invalid contract clauses. Also …

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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 federal rights under collective agreements: Report of the Committee on Law and Legislation for 1966

Review of recent court decisions affecting collective bargaining agreements. Major subdivisions of report include statute of limitations; actions cognizable under Section 301 of the LMRA; parties to the action, obligations of successors, effects of the Norris-LaGuardia Act, damages allowable under Section 301; exhaustion of remedies in actions by individual employees and by employers or unions; …

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