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The author distinguishes between the need for arbitrators to be proactive in statutory disputes, as opposed to an otherwise ordinary CBA dispute in which a statutory issue is presented. The former category includes MEPPAA and LMRA Section 302(c)(5) cases, in which the role of the arbitrator is comparable to that of a trial judge.

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A review of key NLRB deferral decisions and related court decisions that have resulted in the expectation that arbitrators will apply the law. An increase in the arbitration of statutorily-based issues is seen as likely, and the author suggests the publication of arbitration awards in which NLRB charges have been deferred. More clearly articulated standards …

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