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NLRB Chairman Gould describes the efforts of the NLRB to develop new mechanisms for 1) processing appropriate bargaining unit disputes, 2) mediating ULPs, 3) resolving wrongful dismissal claims, and 4) non-adversarial, cooperative arrangements between management and labor, such as those of the Saturn and NUMMI experiences.

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Professor Cox asserts the need to create new processes to encourage cooperation between government, organizations, and individuals whose activities are directly affected by government. He proposes, as a model, the Health Effects Institute.

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Professor Rentfro proffers that evolving societal values are reflected in the workplace: sexual harassment cases; drug and alcohol cases (and employee assistance programs); and a breakdown in the social contract that has led to federal rights legislation and employer-promulgated arbitration. Greater emphasis is being placed on the commitments and responsibilities of each party and greater …

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New industrial relations and industrial justice

Secretary Usery observes that global competition has weakened the nature of collective bargaining. He recommends the acceptance of United States workers as partners, and cites the Toyota-GM-UAW experience in New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc, (NUMMI). William Chiled, VP for Human Resources at NUMMI, describes its dispute resolution process, and Michael Bennett, President of UAW Local …

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The author, former International President of the UAW, proposes that the unions that are on the right course are those with leadership and membership that recognize the necessity and inevitability of change. He discusses various novel voluntary programs in the auto industry, such as labor-management cooperation, which give workers a greater voice in the decision-making …

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