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The incredible shrinking workplace: Legal and arbitration issues generated by reorganizations and downsizing.

An examination of the issues that arbitrators will face, arising from bankruptcies and the impact of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Management and union perspectives are offered on both subjects.

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An examination of how values – personal or societal conceptions of the way things ought to be – affect arbitrators’ deliberations.

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A summary of the effects of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and observation that the Act will have little effect on arbitration under CBAs, whereas the ADA will impose requirements at odds with the National Labor Relations Act and, correspondingly, common CBA provisions. The Court’s distinctions between Gilmer and Gardner-Denver are examined. Representatives of …

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Howard Block proposes that courts should no longer adhere to the employment-at-will doctrine in the private sector; that legislation protecting private sector employees against unfair dismissal is overdue; and that federal legislation should be adopted, prescribing minimum procedural and substantive standards in wrongful termination cases (applicable in the absence of more comprehensive state law).

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Prof. Kochan addresses the future of collective bargaining and its implications for labor arbitration. He considers two questions about the future of collective bargaining: 1) How widespread will collective bargaining be and 2) will changes in the nature of collective bargaining alter the future role and prominence of grievance arbitration? He concludes that the trend …

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A critical appraisal of the handling of representational issues under the NLRA and its negative impact on private sector union membership. The alternative of increased employment regulation is rejected and reforms within the current statutory and regulatory framework are recommended. Use of federalism and drawing from the Canadian experience is also recommended. [see also 1985, …

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An analysis of Supreme Court cases influencing the development of collective bargain and arbitration, and of the shift of the NLRB’s deferral standards, and reasons other than those raised by Paul Weiler [see 1985, page 37] for the decline in the unionized workforce. (Includes table of automotive/UAW wage increases 93-94.)

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The author maintains that, under Collyer, deferral has been distorted to mean a national policy in favor of arbitrating all disputes involving contract terms, making compulsory a process that was intended to be available to labor and management as a voluntarily method of dispute resolution. Professor Alleyne asserts that the Board’s discretion has been improperly …

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A report of the Committee on Law and Legislation for 1971, National Academy of Arbitrators, with a focus on Section 301 actions under the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA) reported in 1970. The Boys’ Market decision had a larger than anticipated impact on the volume of litigation. An anticipated increase in public employment sector litigation …

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Consensus holds that arbitrators may rely upon federal law as an aide in contract interpretation, and may rest a decision on federal law when expressly contractually authorized to do so. Less certain is when, if ever, an arbitrator should follow federal law rather than the labor agreement. Sovern asserts that an arbitrator may follow federal …

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