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This comprehensive text provides the current information on research studies, issues and events in labor relations. The book integrates real-world examples and quotes from practitioners in order to bring this dynamic field to life. The Labor Relations Process examines the labor movement from its inception to current and emerging trends, including such topics as unions, labor agreements, collective bargaining, arbitration and labor relations in various business segments including government, white collar, and international contexts. The book gives an in-depth analysis of all facets of the relationship between management and labor, including a study of the rights and responsibilities of unions and management, the negotiation and administration of labor agreements, and labor-management cooperation. Other topics that are explored include the results of the labor relations process and collective bargaining issues such as health care costs containment, pensions, labor productivity and alternative work arrangements.
PART I. RECOGNIZING RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF UNIONS AND MANAGEMENT.
1.Union-Management Relationships in Perspective.
2.Evolution of Labor-Management Relationships.
3.Labor Law: Background and Basic Principles.
4.Unions and Management: Key Participants in the Labor Relations Process.
5.Why and How Unions are Organized.
Part II. THE BARGAIN PROCESS AND OUTCOMES.
6.Negotiating the Labor Agreement.
9.Resolving Negotiation (Interest) Disputes.
Part III. ADMINISTERING THE LABOR AGREEMENT.
11.Labor and Employment Arbitration.
Part IV. APPLYING THE LABOR RELATIONS PROCESS TO DIFFERENT LABOR RELATIONS SYSTEMS.
13.Labor Relations in the Public Sector.
14.Labor Relations in Multinational Corporations and in Other Countries.