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Six case studies of maturing labor-management relationships, from adversarial to cooperative, over time, and what characteristics they have in common.

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A critical appraisal of the handling of representational issues under the NLRA and its negative impact on private sector union membership. The alternative of increased employment regulation is rejected and reforms within the current statutory and regulatory framework are recommended. Use of federalism and drawing from the Canadian experience is also recommended. [see also 1985, …

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President Stark posits that “arbitration is still young and growing. It has all the attributes of a healthy, responsive institution, including normal growing pains.” He then surveys arbitration in the steel, auto, rubber, and construction industries; expedited arbitration in the steel, brewery, fabricating, broadcasting and airline industries; appellate and quasi-appellate procedures in the publishing, coal, …

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Alcohol is an “addictive drug” with a particular American concern, following the experiment with Prohibition. In industry, concern with alcoholism was centered on a “job performance criterion”; that is, whether it has substantially interfered with an employee’s on-the-job ability. Describes the early steps in supervisor training to recognize symptoms; support of employers and unions, separately …

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Title: Alcoholism and the just cause for discharge

Discharge for alcoholism or alcohol-related misconduct poses one of the “greater dilemmas” for arbitrators. The authors discuss the growth of occupational programs, both employer-initiated and through collective bargaining. In many instances, discipline and discharge for alcoholism are disguised as cases involving absenteeism and/or poor performance. The arbitrator must deal with conflicting arguments of alcoholism as …

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Public review boards: Their place in the process of dispute resolution

David Klein and John Fillion discuss the role of the UAW’s seven member public review board in resolving appeals arising under the union’s constitution and ethical practices codes: The Board hears member appeals regarding fraud, discrimination or collusion in grievance claims, internal union election contests, administratorships and other matters. John Phillip Linn discusses the AFT …

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The Chrysler-UAW umpire system

A comparison of the elements of the Chrysler-UAW umpire system with those of other umpire systems, and a description of the history of the Chrysler-UAW umpire system.

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The permanent arbitration system between John Deere and UAW locals at eight of the Company’s plants in Iowa and Indiana are described and evaluated, including the procedures followed and substantive issues addressed. The parties are said to “firmly support judicial arbitration” – neither wants the permanent arbitrator to act as a mediator. The permanent arbitrator’s …

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