A Primer on American Labor Law

A Primer on American Labor Law

by William B. Gould IV
     
 

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This fifth edition is an accessible guide for non-specialists that contains extensive new materials covering developments in the past ten years of employee labor laws.

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This fifth edition is an accessible guide for non-specialists that contains extensive new materials covering developments in the past ten years of employee labor laws.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107021686
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2013
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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"This fine guide to U.S. labor law and related policy issues belongs in the library of anyone interested in contemporary industrial relations and human resource management.Gould explains the law's origins, meaning, and current interpretations with great clarity."—Robert Flanagan, Graduate School of Business,Stanford University

"The fourth edition of Gould's Primer on American Labor Law brings the most straightforward and balanced work in the field up to date. Informed by a deep understanding of American collective bargaining, this is a book whose usefulness in the classroom is matched by its value as a ready reference for scholars. It merits a prominent place in one's personal library." Paula Voos,Professor, Labor Studies Department, Rutgers University

"Union leaders need a clear understanding of U.S. labor laws to make effective strategic choices about how to organize, bargain, and build power for the working people we represent. We have relied on the earlier editions of Gould's Primer as a fundamental resource. Now, with his experience as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, Gould brings us new insights into changing labor policy and case law. This fourth edition belongs on every union leader's shelf." Art Pulaski, Executive-Secretary Treasurer, California Labor Federation,AFL-CIO

"The fourth edition of Gould's *Primer on American Labor Law* brings the most straightforward and balanced work in the field up to date. Informed by a deep understanding of American collective bargaining, this is a book whose usefulness in the classroom is matched by its value as a ready reference for scholars. It merits a prominent place in one's personal library."—Paula Voos, Labor Studies Department,Rutgers University

"Professor Gould's *Primer* is essential reading for my students in Labor Law. His summary of the law, and the history behind the law, provides an excellent backdrop for further study."—Michael J. Tedesco, University of Oregon School of Law

"Union leaders need a clear understanding of US labor laws to make effective strategic choices about how to organize, bargain, and build power for the working people we represent. We have relied on the earlier editions of Gould's *Primer* as a fundamental resource. Now, with his experience as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, Gould brings us new insights into changing labor policy and case law. This fourth edition belongs on every union leader's shelf."—Art Pulaski, Executive-Secretary Treasurer, California Labor Federation,AFL-CIO

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 1970.

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