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An examination of the history and current status of NLRB deferral (of unfair labor practice charges) to arbitration of disputes arising under a collective bargaining relationship.

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The author distinguishes between the need for arbitrators to be proactive in statutory disputes, as opposed to an otherwise ordinary CBA dispute in which a statutory issue is presented. The former category includes MEPPAA and LMRA Section 302(c)(5) cases, in which the role of the arbitrator is comparable to that of a trial judge.

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Arbitration and relentless legalization in the workplace

An examination of the ways in which the tendency to legislate infiltrates the arbitration process. In addition to cases considering aspects of the National Labor Relations Act, there is a steady flow of cases dealing with areas of statutory regulation of the workplace: wage and hour, safety and health, pension and welfare benefits, and equal …

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A review of key NLRB deferral decisions and related court decisions that have resulted in the expectation that arbitrators will apply the law. An increase in the arbitration of statutorily-based issues is seen as likely, and the author suggests the publication of arbitration awards in which NLRB charges have been deferred. More clearly articulated standards …

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Prof. Feller agrees with Prof. St. Antoine, that the arbitrator is a “contract reader” and not a “contract enforcer.” The sole function of the arbitrator is to say what the agreement means, and that should also be the arbitrator’s sole function in fashioning the remedy. The primary authority implicitly granted to the arbitrator is to …

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Significant developments for 1980 – including statutory, judicial, and related activity – in public employment disputes settlement at federal, state, and local levels in the United States and in Canada.

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Revisiting an old battle ground: The subcontracting dispute

A discussion of arbitration decisions concerning limitations on subcontracting. Topics discussed include arbitrability decisions by courts, the duty to bargain over subcontracting, NLRB deferral in subcontracting cases, and the development of arbitration standards in subcontracting disputes. The article includes a table, showing the increasing prevalence of limitations upon subcontracting found in collective bargaining agreements, and …

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The coming end of arbitration’s golden age.

The “Golden Age” of labor arbitration – “the era of industrial self-governance” – commenced during or soon after WWII, and started to decline in the 1960’s, with an increase in the federal regulations overlaying the terms and conditions of employment. The author reviews external law and collective bargaining agreements, and concludes that there are probably …

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The NLRB and arbitration: Some impressions of the practical effect of the Board’s Collyer policy upon arbitrators and arbitration

An examination, by NLRB General Counsel, of the NLRB’s rules for deferring to labor arbitration in unfair labor practice cases. The history of the deferral doctrine is traced from the 1955 Spielberg decision through the 1971 Collyer decision. The discussion includes the potential impact of deferral on the arbitration process, the role of the arbitrator, …

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A summary of 1973 and 1974 federal court and NLRB rulings involving labor arbitration. The authors discuss two US Supreme Court decisions, Gateway Coal – applying the presumption of arbitrability to safety disputes – and Alexander v. Gardner-Denver – holding that submitting a dispute to labor arbitration does not preclude a later suit under Title …

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