New Dimensions in Collective Bargaining

New Dimensions in Collective Bargaining

New Dimensions in Collective Bargaining

New Dimensions in Collective Bargaining

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The nature and significance of evolutionary change in collective bargaining are of prime concern to all students and practitioners of industrial relations. The period since the end of World War II has been a dynamic one for collective bargaining, marked by a number of significant innovations in the subject matter, procedures, and structure of bargaining. Furthermore, management-union relationships have been affected by such important yet diverse impacts as the AFL-CIO merger, the accelerated pace of technological change, and the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947.

With such considerations in mind, the Research Committee of the Industrial Relations Research Association recommended to its Executive Board that the Association sponsor a volume to be devoted to empirical analyses of several of the more vital problem areas in and affecting contemporary collective bargaining. The present volume is the fruit of that recommendation.

The editorial board chose to concentrate on a limited number of topics rather than to attempt coverage of the entire field. In line with a fundamental purpose of the Association, most of the chapters in this volume are based on original research by the authors on the subjects assigned to them. This volume taken as a whole represents a contribution to greater knowledge and understanding of the important role played by collective bargaining in our economy.

The unity of this volume rests on the fact that all chapters deal with problems of current significance in collective bargaining. However, each chapter is in a real sense an independent unit. No effort was made to achieve homogeneity in opinion or approach among authors of related chapters.

The editorial board considered and then quickly rejected the idea of writing a tripartite introduction to this volume. In our opinion . . .

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