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ERIC Number: EJ919339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
The Art of Labor Relations: Knowing Your Best Move
Pope, Dixie M.
School Business Affairs, v75 n6 p21-22 Jun 2009
In many school districts, business managers--not superintendents--are the ones who deal with labor relations, negotiating or participating on the negotiations team. Business managers who oversee the human resources department may find themselves dealing with labor relations on a regular basis. In this article, the author discusses four labor relations strategies: (1) negotiation; (2) mediation; (3) arbitration; and (4) court injunction and declaratory judgment. Sometimes in the collective-bargaining process, an agreement is not reached without mediation, arbitration, or other form of dispute resolution. The district must determine which form of alternative dispute resolution will work for it for each issue. With the shrinking funds available to school systems, it is important for all administrators, including business managers, to understand labor relations. Any administrator may be given the added duty of handling negotiations, parental concerns, and/or grievances.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A