Local Government Labor Relations: A Guide for Public Administrators

Local Government Labor Relations: A Guide for Public Administrators

Local Government Labor Relations: A Guide for Public Administrators

Local Government Labor Relations: A Guide for Public Administrators

Synopsis

The focus of this book is to provide an introduction to the issues and procedures central to local government collective bargaining. There are many books which explain private sector labor relations but there are few books available which provide information pertinent to local governments. Consolidating the elements critical to public sector labor relations and collective bargaining, this book is written for public managers and employees. It defines terms, explains procedures, and provides examples of the legislation governing the mechanics of local government labor relations. Ideal as a supplemental book for courses in public personnel management and labor relations, it is also an important resource for local government administrators serving cities, counties, and school districts.

Excerpt

Labor relations has become a major component of public personnel management. the increasing complexity of public personnel administration, combined with the procedural guidelines and restrictions imposed by collective bargaining agreements, have made public personnel management more challenging for public administrators.

Most of the information available on public-sector labor relations are assorted readings that focus on research findings concerning the impact of public-sector labor relations. Other books emphasize the case law and the legal perspective. This book focuses on the mechanics of public-sector labor relations. the concepts and procedures of labor relations are presented in a straightforward manner with examples to illustrate the concepts. Our illustrations range from the routine to the unusual. Some of our examples will indicate the vagueness of the enabling legislation, while other examples will be representative of very specific legislative guidelines. This is necessary because local-government labor relations vary across the 50 states. Included in the book are tables that summarize specific provisions across the 50 states and copies of various forms and reporting documents.

We must caution that although we provide a general overview, readers should obtain the statutes and the regulations governing public labor relations for each relevant state. This book is designed to assist public practitioners and students enrolled in public-sector labor relations courses in reading and understanding general labor relations provisions. This book . . .

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