Collective Bargaining: Principles and Cases

Collective Bargaining: Principles and Cases

Collective Bargaining: Principles and Cases

Collective Bargaining: Principles and Cases

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This book has grown out of the teaching of an undergraduate course, "Trade Unionism and Collective Bargaining," a one-semester introduction to labor economics. As a result of this teaching experience, another introduction to collective bargaining -- along less conventional textbook lines -- is offered. Many aspects of collective bargaining cannot readily be understood in the absence of specific illustration -- promotion, layoff, discharge, and discipline problems are illustrative -- and few students have had the experience necessary to visualize concretely the issues of the work community. "Collective bargaining" remains an empty phrase, tinged with favorable emotional reactions but devoid of substance or content. Moreover, the operation of collective bargaining cannot be depicted in terms of the day-to-day problems of employees, unions, and managements. The student is likewise frequently unable to make one world of the formal principles of economics and the facts of actual wage-fixing. The teacher must constantly struggle against simple generalizations in a field in which students normally bring strong prejudices to the classroom. The discriminating mind cannot be cultivated readily simply by lectures and reading; some other means is required to elicit reaction from students and to challenge them with significant problems and issues.

The cases in this volume constitute an attempt to meet some of these limitations of the conventional introduction to collective bargaining and to supplement the standard readings. They have been built from arbitration awards and proceedings, from umpire decisions, from records of negotiations, and from interviews and field trips. A great many different . . .

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