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The labor contract or the submission agreement defines the authority of the arbitrator. Arbitrators should visit statutory law in a case only if they possess special competence in that area and the issue is within the scope of the submission agreement, and should otherwise restrict themselves to the contract. To the extent that an arbitrator …

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Addresses problems more likely to arise in ad hoc arbitration than when serving as a permanently designated arbitrator. The issues include motions to consolidate cases; use of submission agreements; unevenly matched advocates; weaknesses in tripartite boards; and deference to other arbitrators’ awards.

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