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President Adler advises that the state of labor-management relations are changing, and that the NAA should be endorse new types of dispute resolution that are attuned to the changing roles of unions.

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Airlines: The Industry’s Future: It’s Up in the Air

A panel discussion of the grievance procedures used to address the unique dispute resolution problems of the ALPA and AFA unions. At United Airlines, an unwieldy backlog of cases was reduced by structural changes to the process. At American Airlines, arbitrators gave their impressions of the merits.

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Professor Nolan identifies the forces to which the decline of labor unions are often attributed, but posits that it was the inability of unions to bargain at the national level (sometimes termed “corporatism”), as they had from the 1930’s until the 1970s, that has engendered their decline. He the trend, of slow descent, as likely …

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Binding grievance arbitration is not structured to resolve civil and individual rights disputes that occur within the workplace, to alleviate logjams of grievances or to involve public employers uncertain of their authority to submit to binding arbitration. Fact-finding and recommended terms of settlement provide an unsatisfactory alternative to collective bargaining. Advisory arbitration blends the advantages …

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After parties exhaust their own bargaining efforts, advisory arbitration provides a flexible, additional means toward arriving at a new collective bargaining agreement in advance of a strike. Because advisory arbitration follows failed negotiations and sometimes anticipates binding arbitration, the parties’ positions become more refined and better supported in terms of facts and evidence, and differences …

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