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The author discusses current issues in interest arbitration, including the allocation of increasing health insurance costs, comparability criteria, retiree benefits, he use of med-arb, and the interest arbitration criteria that may pertain under the Employee Free Choice Act, should it become law.

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Do contract rights vest?

An examination of the circumstances under which certain rights created under a collective bargaining agreement “vest” or “survive” the expiration of the agreement. The author draws a distinction between monetary rights that have accrued and have been earned and non-monetary rights exercisable only in futuro. The author concludes that monetary rights such as vacation pay, …

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