ERIC Number: ED163574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug-14
Reference Count: 0
Nebraska's Court of Industrial Relations: Unique in Public Employment Arbitration. Revised.
O'Reilly, Robert C.
In 1947 Nebraska established a unique Court of Industrial Relations to resolve disputes between government agencies and public employees. The court's five part-time judges are appointed by the governor to six-year terms, and the court's operating costs are covered in the state budget. Even so, costs to litigants may be higher than necessary. The consistent quality of the court's judgments is partially offset by the court's tendency to consume more time than is typically consumed in similar cases in other states. While the great majority of arbitration cases nationally involved postcontractual disputes, most of the Nebraska cases have involved disputes over recognition of bargaining agencies, the necessity to bargain, and questions of compensation, prior to contract agreement. Methods established to alleviate these problems have not been promoted adequately and so have proved unsuccessful. Court routines and techniques for ensuring consistency in rulings are discussed and recommendations for improvement in court operations are provided. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nebraska; Nebraska Court of Industrial Relations
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 1978)