A Primer on American Labor Law / Edition 5

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A Primer on American Labor Law is an accessible guide written for nonspecialists -- labor and management representatives, students, general practice lawyers, as well as trade unionists, government officials, and academics from other countries. It covers such topics as the National Labor Relations Act, unfair labor practices, the collective bargaining relationship, dispute resolution, the public sector, and public-interest labor law. This thoroughly updated fourth edition contains extensive new material, covering developments in the eleven years since the third edition, including the continuing decline in union membership, job security rights, wrongful discharge litigation and dispute resolution procedures, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) litigation, cases involving sexual harassment and sexual orientation, the most recent collective bargaining agreements in professional sports, and the debate, spurred by globalism, on international labor standards. Much of the discussion of the National Labor Relations Act covers decisions and policy changes by the National Labor Relations Board during the author's chairmanship in 1994-1998.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This indispensable book on how law conditions the employment relationship continues to evolve with the rapidly changing legal environment. Along with updated discussions of the legal framework for collective bargaining in the private and public sectors, the 5th edition explains new case law on dismissals, pension reform, disabilities and other front-burner topics. Both students and practitioners can benefit from this clear and well-written guide to a complex subject."
--Robert Flanagan, Konosuke Matsushita Professor of International Labor Economics and Policy Analysis, Stanford School of Business

"The Fifth Edition of Professor Gould's A Primer on American Labor Law is a primer only in the sense that he has distilled an enormous body of law, much of it exceedingly complex, into an eminently readable volume. But it also is a real tour de force of the topics he covers.
Having spent nearly forty years representing management, my perspective on labor- management relations and how agencies and courts apply the law is often quite different from Bill Gould's. But virtually each chapter of the Primer made me think, and think again, about the current state of the law and what the future might hold for those of us who practice in the field whether for management, unions or employees. In short, the Primer is both a terrific resource and a terrific read."
--Willis Goldsmith, Jones Day

"This new edition of Bill Gould’s labor law primer is a welcome antidote to the general lack of understanding and appreciation of the role a vibrant labor relations system plays in a democratic society. Bill’s combination of experience in labor policy and practice, his rich historical perspective, and his deep passion for the subject come through loud and clear on these pages. This is just what professionals and students need to get them to join the effort to reform, update, and restore the system to meet our country’s needs today and for the next generation."
--Thomas A. Kochan, George M. Bunker Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management and Co-Director, MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107683013
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 737,882
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William B. Gould IV is Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus at Stanford
University and William M. Ramsey Distinguished Professor of Law at Willamette
University College of Law. He is the author of Agenda for Reform
(MIT Press, 1993) and A Primer on American Labor Law (MIT Press,
1993). The recipient of five honorary doctorate degrees, he has been an impartial arbitrator since 1965 and a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators since
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Table of Contents

1 An overview 1
2 Industrial relations and labor law before modern legislation 9
3 The national labor relations act 27
4 Unfair labor practices 49
5 Establishing the collective bargaining relationship : organization and recognition 65
6 Economic pressure and bargaining tactics in the established relationship 97
7 Remedies and the labor reform bill of 1978 129
8 Dispute resolution in the established relationship 139
9 The duty of fair representation 169
10 The public sector 185
11 Public-interest labor law 197
12 Conclusion 233
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