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The eighth edition of this best-selling book continues to provide readers with a realistic picture of actual collective bargaining and labor relations situations drawn from the authors' considerable experiences. Sections of actual labor agreements as well as arbitration cases and decisions of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the courts illustrate and emphasize contemporary issues of collective bargaining and labor relations. Experts in the fields of labor law and arbitration have contributed “tips” on how the concepts in the book can actually be applied. In addition to covering history and law, workplace challenges, the collective bargaining process, and labor contracts, major features of this new edition include expanded coverage of public sector labor relations, international collective bargaining issues, union organizing and avoidance strategies, and collective bargaining in professional sports. Because of its comprehensive coverage and excellent resource material, this book is an excellent reference for human resource directors, labor relations directors, personnel directors, and labor negotiators.
|Ch. 1||History and law||1|
|Ch. 2||Challenges and opportunities||51|
|Ch. 3||Establishing a bargaining unit||107|
|Ch. 4||Unfair labor practices||161|
|Ch. 5||Negotiating an agreement||206|
|Ch. 6||Wage and salary issues||271|
|Ch. 7||Employee benefits issues||321|
|Ch. 8||Job security and seniority||365|
|Ch. 9||Implementing the collective bargaining agreement||413|
|Ch. 10||Grievance and disciplinary procedures||450|
|Ch. 11||The arbitration process||478|
|Ch. 12||Comparative global industrial relations||517|
The changing relationships in the workplace have taken their toll on the traditional collective bargaining and labor relations processes. Although the nation's laws still protect collective bargaining as a way to promote commerce, the realities of a changing economy, a decrease in union membership, an increase in government regulations, and a diverse workforce have complicated labor relations.
Drawing on over 50 years of experience in negotiating, labor law, and teaching, we have developed a text for readers who need a practical working knowledge of labor relations and collective bargaining terms, practices, and law. This text introduces students to collective bargaining and labor relations with an emphasis on the "real world" situations they will face on the job. Sections of actual labor agreements as well as arbitration cases and decisions of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the courts illustrate and emphasize contemporary issues of collective bargaining and labor relations. In addition, experts in the fields of labor law and arbitration have contributed "tips" on how the concepts learned can actually be applied. In this edition, we have integrated and expanded the coverage on both public sector labor relations and international collective bargaining issues.
This text begins with a treatment of the historical and legal basis for labor relations and collective bargaining in the United States. The labor history section adds to the student's understanding of the collective bargaining process in the United States by profiling both the people and the events that shaped this process. In addition, the student is exposed to the economic realities in thepast, present, and future that have and will affect the workplace. Changes in the application of labor laws due to court decisions, NLRB rulings, and changes in the environment of union and management relations are covered throughout the text and include the latest decisions and rulings as well as analysis of what these changes might mean in the workplace. The text also includes ways of estimating wage and benefit items and computerized costing methods. It describes negotiating techniques and covers items in depth, giving students direct exposure to how negotiating theory is applied in actual situations. There are detailed explanations of contract enforcement, grievance, and arbitration procedures.
This seventh edition contains several new features and significantly revised sections, including the following:
A student-oriented chapter format was designed to integrate theory with the "bread and butter" issues at the core of most actual negotiations. This integration, which includes the following material, provides a sense of how issues in the real world are resolved:
Chapter-end materials include the following:
This text treats comprehensively the environment of labor relations, the activity of collective bargaining, and the need for administrating an agreement after it has been signed. The text also explores labor relations issues in the public sector, the impact of diversity in the workplace, and how international labor relations are developing.
Part One traces the development of collective bargaining. Chapter 1 focuses on the roots of the American labor movement and discusses the laws that led to and finally established the collective bargaining process. Chapter 2 takes the student through the development of the workplace and how that development has affected modern labor relations. This chapter explores both the causes and the solutions to the challenges that unions face in representing workers, including the challenges of "Workforce 2000" and diversity of the American workforce.
Part Two examines the collective bargaining process. Chapter 3 discusses provisions of the National Labor Relations Act, how bargaining units are formed and chosen, and the types of units in the workforce. The rights of unions to represent members as well as the obligations of unions to their members are also explored in this chapter. Chapter 4 discusses what conduct is construed as an unfair labor practice. Chapter 5 deals with labor agreements, negotiating techniques, and overcoming an impasse.
Part Three covers the costs of collective bargaining agreements. Chapter 6 deals with wages and the different ways in which wages are negotiated and paid under collective bargaining agreements. Chapter 7 looks at the benefits negotiated in most contracts, from vacations to health care coverage. Chapter 8 presents issues of job security and employee seniority.
Part Four presents the operational processes involved in enforcing collective bargaining agreements. Chapter 9 explores the basic principles of collective bargaining agreements, methods of enforcement, the NLRB and court intervention, grievance and arbitration procedures, and pressure tactics. Chapter 10 defines individual rights under collective bargaining agreements and presents widely used procedures to resolve grievances between employers and employees. Chapter 11 expands on these issues to describe the arbitration process that generally follows an unsuccessful grievance procedure. Chapter 12 explains civil rights and equal pay legislation and their impact on labor agreements. Sections on minorities, women, and other protected classes give the student a comprehensive review of equal opportunity laws as they affect the collective bargaining process.
Instructor's Manual with Test Item File
A comprehensive instructor's manual contains chapter lecture outlines and a student-tested test bank of more than 600 multiple-choice and true/false questions, written and tested by the authors. Answers to review questions, discussions of cases, and additional case studies are provided.
Instructor's Resource CD-ROM
The Instructor's Resource CD-ROM contains the electronic instructor's manual and PowerPoint electronic transparencies. PowerPoint electronic transparencies, a comprehensive package of text outlines and figures corresponding to the text, are designed to aid the educator and supplement in-class lectures.
Prentice Hall Companion Website
The Prentice Hall Companion Website features an interactive and exciting online student study guide. Students can access multiple-choice, true/false, and Internet-based essay questions that accompany each chapter in the text. Objective questions are scored online, and incorrect answers are keyed to the text for student review. For more information, contact your local Prentice Hall sales representative.
A supplement to this text, Collective Bargaining Simulated, 5th Ed., by Jerald B. Smith, Michael R. Carrell, and Peggy Golden. This is a classroom-tested simulation that involves students directly in an actual labor contract negotiation.