ERIC Number: ED194022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
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The Status of Higher Education Collective Bargaining in Arkansas, A Right To Work State.
Griffin, William A., Jr.
A review of the state of collective bargaining in higher education in Arkansas discusses the causal elements of the movement, examines court cases and attorney generals' opinions, and suggests implications for its future in the state. It is noted that although Arkansas may seem far from the movement by comparison with other states, some of the same factors exist there. All official opinions of collective bargaining in Arkansas state that while public employees have the right to join a union, the state is under no obligation to recognize or engage in bargaining with a union. There is no law either prohibiting or allowing bargaining in the state. Legislation affecting the elementary and secondary sectors has had mixed success, but experience has shown that when enabling legislation is passed at this level, postsecondary education follows suit. Arkansas is among the last 12 states to adopt collective bargaining. It is concluded about the future of collective bargaining in Arkansas that: (1) the state is currently unwilling to embrace legislation to enable bargaining for public employees, including educational personnel, and it may be more than five years away, and (2) nationally funded educational organizations and their state affiliates are willing to play power politics to gain collective bargaining rights and opportunities for educational employees. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas