ERIC Number: ED113836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Should Congress Enact a Collective Bargaining Statute for Public Employees?
Heddinger, Fred M.
The issues presented by proposed federal laws covering collective bargaining for public employees are perhaps the most important issues confronting public officials and the general functioning of representative government in our society. HR 8677 (and to a lesser extent HR 9730) is unacceptable because (1) it provides for federal regulation of state and local government employees; (2) it includes supervisors in the coverage of the law, leaving the public employer and the public without adequate representation; (3) it establishes unrestricted bargaining, allowing unions to virtually control the quantity, quality, and the general form of public services; (4) it legalizes strikes and establishes binding arbitration of interest issues; (5) it subjects all management decisions to the grievance process; and (6) it locks into unions public employees who should have a free choice to belong, or not to belong, to unions. Collective bargaining is a process of labor relations, not a device to determine public policy. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Arbitration, Collective Bargaining, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Federal State Relationship, Government Employees, Grievance Procedures, Public Officials, Public Policy, Strikes, Teacher Strikes, Unions
Available only as part of complete document, see EA 007 648
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.
Note: Chapter 1 of EA 007 648