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The 1974 National Bituminous Coal Wage Agreement was characterized as revolutionary in bringing harmony to a previously divisive industry; it included a new, expedited grievance procedure, established arbitrator panels in each district, and created an Arbitration Review Board that has enabled the grievance process to function more smoothly.

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A description of one company’s experience with a six-month trial period of grievance mediation. Mediation is viewed as providing a cheaper and quicker alternative to arbitration, that offers generally better results while promoting labor peace and stability.

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The United Mine Workers adopted a bargaining system that allows rank-and-file members to tell its negotiators the most serious problems confronting them. The Union encourages its members to resolve minor disputes at the mine site – where they occur – and to resort to arbitration only when major differences over contract interpretation arise.

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Discussion of the forces that have shaped labor-management relations and of current trends. Includes anecdotes from the silk and transit industries in the 1930’s, dispute resolution under the War Labor Board and other labor relations issues arising in the 1940’s; development of dispute resolution processes in the 1950’s; and miscellaneous reminiscences. Closed with the need …

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