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The Australian labor relations system is in transformation. A system of compulsory arbitration of rights and interest conflicts by the federal Australian Industrial Relations Commission is being supplanted by greater autonomy and flexibility in local labor-management relations. The author describes how the Australian compulsory system has functioned, and the forces of change that are at …

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The authors consider the increasing use of arbitration for non-union employee grievances and the challenges, both ethical and practical, for NAA arbitrators called upon to hear and decide those grievances.

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A description of Michigan’s system of legislated, issue-by-issue, final-offer, police- and fire-service arbitration, under which arbitrators are to consider, among other things, “the interest and welfare of the public,” the “stipulations of the parties,” and a m?lange offactors, seemingly aimed at economic issues, such as vacations, holidays, excused time, insurance and pensions, medical andhospitalization benefits …

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Labor policy in Puerto Rico

A welcoming address to the Academy meeting, which summarizes the broad scope of Puerto Rican labor and employment legislation. Current problems, particularly the prevalence of strikes in public sector employment, are reviewed.

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Contract (interest) arbitration has deeper roots in American labor relations than does grievance arbitration and, when utilized, is regarded as a more significant process. The author provides a brief historical perspective of the arbitration of contract terms, contrasts attitudes of management and labor toward the process as disclosed by the author’s own survey of various …

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The author rejects the compulsory arbitration of contract terms in the public sector: “Essentially, our union has learned, as the civil rights movement and the labor movement had to learn, that the only way to get the job done is by civil disobedience.”

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Review of processes for resolving impasses over new public sector contracts. Discusses major objectives unique to the public sector and means of achieving them.

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Arbitration and federal rights under collective agreements: Report of the Committee on Law and Legislation for 1966

Review of recent court decisions affecting collective bargaining agreements. Major subdivisions of report include statute of limitations; actions cognizable under Section 301 of the LMRA; parties to the action, obligations of successors, effects of the Norris-LaGuardia Act, damages allowable under Section 301; exhaustion of remedies in actions by individual employees and by employers or unions; …

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The Academy and public opinion

This presidential address urges the Academy to become more involved in molding public opinion and therefore public policy regarding the settlement of labor-management disputes. Warns of the danger that uninformed legislatures will create compulsory arbitration.

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New trends in industrial relations

The Secretary of Labor identifies the danger of using arbitration as a substitute for the parties themselves negotiating their own agreements and resolving the differences that arise thereunder, the need for management and labor to be mindful of the public interest in their agreements, and the danger of legislated compulsory arbitration. He urges union and …

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