That we are participants in a global economy may no longer be news, but its impact continues to shape the field of labor relations. This is certainly true in the public sector where union membership is stagnant and outsourcing is becoming more and more prevalent. Further impacting current trends are local and state movements to restructure public organizations and the processes they use to conduct their activities and provide services. These include the mechanisms of collective bargaining and contract administration.
Reflecting these and many other trends and changes, this fourth edition of the perennially bestselling Labor Relations in the Public Sector is now completely updated. The fundamental reader-friendly organization of the book remains the same, and it continues to address the many facets that must be considered today, as unions still represent 40 percent of public sector workers. However in keeping up with the formative events of recent times, this text—
Accounts for emerging trends in scholarly and professional literature as well as in practice
Features several new case studies that provide readers with experiential learning opportunities across a range of contemporary situations
Places greater emphasis on ways to develop and use interest-based ("win–win") negotiations during bargaining processes and throughout the administration of contracts
This volume recognizes the key role played by unions in the federal government and in a large proportion of state and local jurisdictions, but it also recognizes that much is changing. Fiscal realities and strategic challenges are changing the role of the labor union in the public sector. This is a trend that must be understood if its consequences are to be anticipated and met for the mutual good.
...by far the best textbook in this area on the market today. It offers rich insights into public sector labor relations from historical, political and legal perspectives. "...the book is extremely versatile. It is well-suited for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in public personnel and labor relations. Yet, because the material is presented in a scholarly, analytical fashion, it is also an excellent resource tool for persons conducting research in or practicing public sector labor relations.
Industrial and Labor Relations Review
Praise for the previous editions... "...go[es] beyond most other texts in its comprehensiveness and its informed treatment of the research literature on public sector labor relations.
A textbook for a graduate or undergraduate course in labor relations, collective bargaining, human resource management, and problems in public administration. Kearney (political science, East Carolina U., North Carolina), with some help from Carnevale (human relations and political science, U. of Oklahoma), looks at the current state of unions at all levels of government, and compares it with the private and non-profit sectors. No date is mentioned for earlier editions; the third takes account of the movement to downsize government, and has been reorganized. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Unions Today
The Legal Environment
Fundamentals of the Bargaining Process
The Process and Politics of Public Sector Collective Bargaining
Financial Impacts of Public Employee Unions
The Human Resource Management Impacts of Public Employee Unions
Alternatives to the Strike
Living with the Contract
Public Employee Unions in the Future