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Downsizing, in response to competition and automation, often results in reallocation of remaining jobs; reclassifications; revised job duties, wage rates and job schedules; and subcontracting. The authors address, respectively, the arbitrator’s role when the CBA is silent, and the constructive results when labor and management both participate in restructuring and subcontracting arrangements.

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An overview of the retail food industry – the largest industry in our economy – and the Retail Food Industry Committee, a voluntary body to improve collective bargaining.

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The automated arbitrators

The author humorously foretells the events of the first proceeding ever conducted by an Electronic Hearing Officer, the selection of arbitrators by computer and computerization of the decision-making process. The commentators make their contributions in verse.

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A discussion of the changes associated with technology that impact job privileges and job security, including the need for new devices to satisfy business requirements, workers’ demands and those of their households, and unions. The author discusses the arbitrator’s role as interpreter of the contract, and the need for the arbitrator to consider the circumstances …

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A discussion of the changes associated with technology that impact job privileges and job security, including the need for new devices to satisfy business requirements, workers’ demands and those of their households, and unions. The author discusses the arbitrator’s role as interpreter of the contract, and the need for the arbitrator to consider the circumstances …

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Automation and job evaluation techniques

An analysis of the problems of an arbitrator who is called upon to use job evaluation techniques in a situation affected by automation. The analysis points out that the difficulties arise because the factors weighing heavily in determining the value of a job are of lesser significance in automated jobs; whereas other factors are of …

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