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Poorly crafted arbitration awards invite judicial attack and frustrate the objective of finality. The authors assert that a competent final and binding award must 1) be enforceable and impervious to…

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Arbitrator Elson suggests that the length of opinions be reduced by omitting reiteration of the CBA at length; omitting a full restatement of the parties’ positions but, instead, explaining their…

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Examination of the necessity of a code of professional responsibility for labor arbitrators that would address competency, impartiality, expedition, and expense. Since many arbitrators are not members of the Academy…

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Evaluation of arbitrators: An arbitrator’s point of view

Arbitrator Alexander gives his perceptions on the evaluation of arbitrators by employers and unions. The lack of a generally accepted statement of what is desirable is posited to be an…

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The arguments for and against professionalizing or licensing arbitrators, or requiring them to hold law degrees from accredited institutions are presented. The author, who does not use statistical data, reasons…

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The art of opinion writing

The attributes of a well-written arbitration decision are described.

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