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The article examines 78 arbitration decisions that weigh the employer’s right to discipline for absenteeism against the employee’s family care-giving responsibilities. It places such absences in demographic context; examines when lack of child care is treated as a legitimate excuse for absence, describes communication problems regarding work-family conflicts; assesses the assumption that employer responsiveness to …

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Arbitrator Knowlton posits that fairness requires the evolution of the concept of just cause to take into account the contemporary circumstances of workers, who increasingly lack a familial safety net.

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The predominance of single-parent and dual-worker households has greatly increased the tension that employees feel between responsibilities to their jobs and responsibilities to their families. Labor arbitrators most commonly encounter work/family conflict issues in discipline and discharge grievances. The authors conducted an experimental survey or arbitrators designed to explore (1) whether demographic characteristics of grievants …

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A critique of WORK/FAMILY CONFLICT, a paper by Professor Joan Williams that exams the changing demographics of working families and, specifically, the arbitration decisions pertaining to conflicting work-family obligations. Professor Nolan observes that Professor Williams’ paper includes an insightful taxonomy of the family-need arguments that arbitrators have found compelling, and those they have not. In …

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The author, former International President of the UAW, proposes that the unions that are on the right course are those with leadership and membership that recognize the necessity and inevitability of change. He discusses various novel voluntary programs in the auto industry, such as labor-management cooperation, which give workers a greater voice in the decision-making …

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