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Compulsory arbitration under the Michigan Public Employment Relations Act is described, and reservations about the process expressed by the author. The author recommends that, to speed the interest arbitration process, increase confidence in it, and produce decisions that are sound, mediation be discouraged, and a more rigorous application of evidentiary rules and procedures be followed.

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A description of Pennsylvania’s six years’ experience with compulsory interest arbitration in the public sector.

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Is a “final offer” ever final?

A discussion of public sector final offer arbitration in Michigan.

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A discussion of the public sector final offer arbitration process in Wisconsin.

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Arbitration and contract disputes

The author recommends the voluntary arbitration of disputes over new contract terms, but only after collective bargaining and mediation have failed, as a preferable alternative to strikes or government imposed compulsory arbitration. Objections such as the risk of an extreme award are addressed. Alternative methodologies are described for the avoidance of unreasonable awards.

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