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Judicial review of labor arbitration awards:The view from the bench

An examination of the judicial vacatur of arbitration decisions since the Steelworkers Trilogy, and the rationale for those court rulings. The article includes an appendix of rulings by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (since Misco) in which the Court has refused to enforce arbitrators’ decision based upon the “essence” standard. This is followed by …

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The arbitrator’s remedial powers

An examination of arbitrators’ acceptance (or rejection) of evidence of post-discharge conduct and of later-acquired pre-discharge conduct. Arbitrator Nicolau applies a test of fair warning: If the evidence is revealed when discovered, and in sufficient time for the Union to prepare a defense, the employer is entitled to present it and the arbitrator is obligated …

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A summary of court decisions and opinions that serve as instructive touchstones on topics that overlap with grievances submitted to arbitration.

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In negotiating their CBA, the parties to a collective bargaining agreement select “their own brand of industrial justice.” The role of the arbitrator is to effectuate their intent. The author believes that, as written, the “essence” test is unworkable.

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The role of law in arbitration: Discussion

Discusses areas where Mittenthal, Meltzer, and Howlett are in accord regarding the role of law in arbitration. (See immediately previous articles.) Suggests that, in the vast majority of cases, all three approaches would reach the same result. Also suggests that courts, rather than arbitrators, enforce contracts, and that arbitrators merely interpret contracts. Notes parties could …

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Ruminations about ideology, law, and labor arbitration

Examination of (1) whether arbitration is especially vulnerable to pressure incompatible with fair and even-handed dispute resolution; (2) the appropriate role of courts in reviewing arbitration decisions; and (3) the proper role of the arbitrator vis-?-vis statutory or policy issues in interpreting the agreement. Particular emphasis on a critique of arbitration by Judge (and former …

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Discussion of the historical status of labor arbitration; evolution of the jurisdiction of arbitrators, the NLRB, and courts to interpret labor agreements; Supreme Court decisions and NLRB policies regarding NLRB interpretation of labor agreements; and the impact on finality of an award considering or ignoring statutes. Lengthy discussion of the junction of representation / work …

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Arbitration and federal rights under collective agreements in 1967: Report of the Committee on Law and Legislation for 1967

Review of recent court decisions affecting collective bargaining agreements. Major subdivisions of report include individual employee rights under Section 301; actions cognizable under Section 301; determination of whether a contract exists; application of contracts to events predating or postdating the contract term; successor obligations; identity of the parties to the agreement; exhaustion of the grievance …

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