Almost half of government employees are represented by labor organizations, and public-sector unions act as a significant force in the operation of governmental units and exert substantial control over labor costs and procedures governing conduct in the workplace. The response by state and local officials has varied greatly, with collective bargaining frameworks existing as a patchwork of diverse "experiments"--from mandated collective bargaining to outright prohibition. The purpose of this study is to reexamine the dimensions of state and local public-sector labor policy. The questions central to this research are why and how to manage collective bargaining.
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