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Just cause across industries: VI. Media, Communications, and Technology

The panelists use a hypothetical discharge to analyze just cause pertaining to the use of new technologies.

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This paper contains a description of the measures that can be invoked for strikes deemed “national emergencies,” and the realities faced in their application. The Act’s statutory procedure, the 2002 Executive Order creating the Board of Inquiry for the ILWU West Coast lockout (of which Board the author was a member), and the Board’s report …

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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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An examination of the 4 generations in United States since 1927 – the depression – the baby boom – the baby bust – and the baby boomlet; the effect of technology on the nature of work; and generational attitudes, expectations and values and their affect on the workplace.

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Introduction of speakers addressing techniques for accommodating technologies, subcontracting, and other efficiencies in the unionized workplace.

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Downsizing, in response to competition and automation, often results in reallocation of remaining jobs; reclassifications; revised job duties, wage rates and job schedules; and subcontracting. The authors address, respectively, the arbitrator’s role when the CBA is silent, and the constructive results when labor and management both participate in restructuring and subcontracting arrangements.

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The author posits that the present forms of union organization and representation are not adequate to meet l of the organizational and representational challenges that lie ahead. He examines the economic, social and political forces that the union movement must accommodate in the coming years for effective representation to be furnished

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A report on a survey of published arbitration decisions between 1980 and 1984 involving disputes resulting from the introduction of technological changes, concluding that principles guiding arbitrators have not changed.

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The British Columbia Labour Code requires collective bargaining agreements to include arbitration of unresolved grievances, both discharge and discipline (for “just and reasonable cause” only), and problems related to technological change. Separately, Section 96 of the Labour Code provides an alternative to arbitration, under which either party may apply to the British Columbia Labour Relations …

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An examination of collective bargaining in the longshore industry that includes a discussion of the results of the Department of Labor’s Longshore Project, with particular detail as to the New York Harbor.

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