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An examination of practices for the implementation of operational efficiencies. The author concludes that a combination of teamwork and incentives best enhance workplace efficiency. Mutual trust between labor and management is seen as essential.

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Arbitrator Das describes the implementation of a restructuring (force reduction) agreement between Northwestern Steel & Wire Company and the Steelworkers Union, for which agreement he served as arbitrator. He observes that a combination of internal committees and arbitration can be effective in resolving restructuring disputes.

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A discussion of the measures taken by the steel industry in general, and US Steel and the USWA in particular, to increase efficiency while minimizing layoffs. The author advocates the use of arbitration to ensure that new productivity standards are fairly implemented.

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The article traces the collective bargaining history in the Steel industry, leading up to the 1993 agreement which brought the Union and its members into the operational decision-making process. The author advocates that management furnish fuller and more timely information to the union, and not use partnership committees to bypass the established union structure.

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Arbitrator Das describes the history of contracting-out in the Steel industry prior to the 1986 CBA negotiations and the extensive provisions, then agreed upon and largely still in effect, which restrict the contracting-out of “major new construction” or any work where it has been the consistent practice to have such work contracted-out; or where contracting-out …

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Arbitration in specific environments: The steel industry

Arbitrator Dybeck describes his long tenure as an umpire at U.S. Steel, the evolution of the Board of Arbitration, and the benefits to the parties of such an arbitration system. The panelists offer their views of the system.

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Updating arbitration

Author Fisher maintains that the arbitration process is too confrontational, and that centralized control and authority must give way to more local control. He describes the United Steel Workers Union and various steel companies expedited arbitration panels as examples. He contends that Arbitrators should not be viewed as judges in technical, arm’s-length disputes between strangers …

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Discussion of the forces that have shaped labor-management relations and of current trends. Includes anecdotes from the silk and transit industries in the 1930’s, dispute resolution under the War Labor Board and other labor relations issues arising in the 1940’s; development of dispute resolution processes in the 1950’s; and miscellaneous reminiscences. Closed with the need …

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