Public Policy and Collective Bargaining

Public Policy and Collective Bargaining

Public Policy and Collective Bargaining

Public Policy and Collective Bargaining

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To say that the legal framework in the United States has had a profound impact on American collective bargaining is to spell out the obvious. Far from obvious, however, is the full meaning of this impact--the "how" and "why," if you will. The purpose of this volume, therefore, is to come to grips with this "how" and "why." Given the complexity of the legal framework in collective bargaining--federal and state jurisdictions; legislative, executive, administrative, and judicial levels; numerous substantive areas--it goes without saying that no single volume can provide definitive answers to all the questions involved. Nor, for that matter, should one realistically expect final answers even for the limited number of queries raised by our authors, if only because of space limitations. But at the least, the contributors have made an impressive start.

The topics we have selected for analysis seem to us important. Other observers of the labor scene, with equally good credentials, might have selected different subjects in terms of relative importance. But no one would deny that the material in this volume focuses on some significant matters of public policy and collective bargaining.

While the book may prove of interest to the labor law specialist, it is not designed primarily for him. Rather, it addresses itself dominantly to the informed observer who has a general knowledge of the field but is not necessarily a specialist in the areas covered. But by the same token, the reader who has little or no understanding of . . .

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