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The author, Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, relates that, in Ontario, a med-arb approach to grievances has proven effective, and that counsels have adapted to its use.

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Attorney Hayes describes the advantages and disadvantages of grievance mediation, and the success of med-arb, from his perspective as an attorney practicing in Ontario, Canada.

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Attorney Pearson points out the limitations and deficiencies of mediation as a means of resolving grievances

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Mediation of Complex Grievances

Arbitrator Bickner offers practical suggestions to encourage grievance mediation, including, especially, in complex cases, for which the approach can be especially efficatious.

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Grievance mediation is more expeditious and less costly than arbitration. Professor Goldberg explains why it is used less often, and how its use might be encouraged.

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A review of statutorily based grievance mediation procedures used for public employees in Michigan. The author reflects upon why grievance mediation does not enjoy a wider use, not as a substitute for arbitration but, rather, as an aid to arbitration.

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A description of the experiment, in the bituminous coal industry, of having an additional, optional mediation by an experienced arbitrator following the internal grievance procedure . A problem-solving approach is used and, if no settlement, is reached in mediation, an oral, nonbinding opinion is given by the mediator. In 325 instances where used, 275 (85%) …

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A description of one company’s experience with a six-month trial period of grievance mediation. Mediation is viewed as providing a cheaper and quicker alternative to arbitration, that offers generally better results while promoting labor peace and stability.

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