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ERIC Number: ED120955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Feb-21
Pages: 18
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Mechanisms for Resolving Collective Bargaining Impasses in Public Education.
Becker, Harry A.
In the field of education, the impasses that have occurred in collective bargaining for a contract have been resolved sooner or later--in one way or another. If a due process for settling the impasse has not been provided, both legal and illegal actions will take place in the attempt to force a more favorable settlement. Mediation, fact finding, and arbitration are the major mechanisms for resolving impasses. Arbitration is potentially the most valuable third-party mechanism for settling disputes. Arbitration is essentially a judicial proceeding. After holding hearings, the arbitrators render a decision, called an award, that spells out what action is to be taken with regard to each of the issues in the dispute. Compliance with the award is compulsory in binding arbitration; however, compliance is optional in nonbinding arbitration. Only a few states provide for some form of binding arbitration to settle collective bargaining impasses. Legalizing strikes in public education does not provide an effective due process for settling impasses. Legislation should be enacted to provide binding arbitration as the final step in settling collective bargaining impasses. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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