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A survey — of NAA members, management attorney advocates in the U.S. and Canada, and union attorney advocates — the purpose of which is to determine the factors that go into the selection of arbitrators by the parties. The survey is followed by an articles on how union advocates and management advocates, respectively, select arbitrators.

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The author poses questions about the direction of the Academy’s future, with special consideration to the process of securing a pool of candidates, training and developing the candidates, and selecting members from among the candidates. Attention is given also to the enforcement of the Code on existing members, and members’ continuing education.

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The authors explore the preference of parties for experience arbitrators. Yet studies have shown that arbitration awards do not seem to vary appreciably according to the experience of the arbitrators. The authors consider the perceptions of labor and management as to the inclinations and/or unpredictability of inexperienced arbitrators.

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A survey of the knowledge and experience of judges, advocates, and arbitrators, as to how their decisions come into being and how they are shaped by their respective institutional frameworks. The first of five reports is the functioning of the arbitrator, for which there are two schools of thought: 1) the arbitrator as problem-solver and …

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A report on arbitrator development, internship programs and arbitrator training programs across the country.

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The articles sets forth the substance of a proposed national training program for labor arbitrators, and describes other training programs extant in 1978.

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An evaluation of various programs established to develop new arbitrators and enhance their acceptability, focusing on the Western New York program, the UCLA program, the AAA expedited arbitration program, the Machinists program, the Steel Industry-Steelworkers program and the Textile Workers Union program.

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Anecdotal review of the influence on arbitrators’ services and the arbitration process from arbitrators’ need for joint acceptability by the parties. Discusses perceptions regarding ways in which arbitrators try to maintain or improve acceptability and are manipulated by parties. Also discusses techniques to maintain or gain acceptability. Ruminates on the desirability of research on this …

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Discussion from management’s standpoint of the impact of arbitrators’ concerns over maintaining acceptability.

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Discussion of the paper presented (1968, p. 94) on arbitrators’ efforts to maintain acceptability; suggests research and objective measures of the problem, if there is one. Suggests users must play a part in eliminating abuses.

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