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The first obligation of an arbitrator is, therefore, to understand the nature of the dispute, asking questions as necessary or convening an additional hearing. The second obligation is to resolve the dispute within the framework of the labor agreement. Arbitrators should limit their involvement and analysis to the absolute minimum necessary to answer the specific …

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Commenting on the interrelation of the arbitration award and external law, Morris contends that specific federal labor laws provide a framework within which contracts are to be construed and enforced. Such laws may be deemed to be incorporated automatically into contracts, and parties may reasonably expect that law to affect the award. Morris takes issue, …

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