Government and Labor: The Role of Government in Union-Management Relations

Government and Labor: The Role of Government in Union-Management Relations

Government and Labor: The Role of Government in Union-Management Relations

Government and Labor: The Role of Government in Union-Management Relations

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Government intervention in and control of the union-management relationship has become of increasing importance during the twenty years in which the authors have been researching, teaching, and practicing in the industrial relations field. The authors have attempted to convey to the reader the enormous and pervasive effects of federal and state legislation in guiding, determining, or otherwise affecting decision making by unions and management. Throughout the book, the material is carefully cross-referenced so that chapters dealing with one aspect of government intervention, or with a particular law, are treated in perspective with reference to the total framework of the role of government.

A major objective of this book has been the integration of economic facts, economic analysis, law, and practical behavior in labor-management relations so that the student may acquire not only an awareness of the subject, but also an understanding of conflicting views as to the repercussions certain legislative or administrative acts have had on industrial relations in particular areas or industries.

In this controversial field, the authors have made every attempt to present conflicting views and ideas objectively and thoroughly. Where opinions or ideas are expressed, or proposals made for change, the supporting evidence is presented and the opinions and proposals are clearly set forth as such.

The main interest throughout has been in making available to the student, teacher, and practitioner a book which discusses the role of government in industrial relations in a clear, comprehensive, and interesting fashion. The material has been organized in a manner designed to make the study of this field both enjoyable and understandable. Part I contains a general introduction and background to the field of study. Part II deals with the role of government as a supporter of collective bargaining, a controller of tactics, and a policeman of rights. Part III deals with the role of government as an inducing or compelling agent to obtain peaceful settlement. Part IV discusses the government as an employer. Part V is devoted to concluding remarks and observations.

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