There are many new realities confronting labor in the United States. Technology is redefining traditional employment, and globalization continues moving manufacturing as well as service jobs to lower-cost jurisdictions. This timely sixth edition discusses the recent political developments that impact American labor, as well as new court cases and the social and economic issues that American workers are confronting. For union and employer representatives and labor lawyers, alike this volume not only describes the labor law system briefly and clearly, but also attempts to further an understanding among workers, unions, and businesses in order to promote an improved working environment. Professor William B. Gould, IV brings to this work more than a half-century of experience as a practicing labor lawyer and academic, as well as practical exposure to the relationship between administrative agencies and the public.
1. An overview; 2. Industrial relations and labor law before modern legislation; 3. The National Labor Relations Act and related labor law; 4. Unfair labor practices; 5. Establishing the collective bargaining relationship: organization and recognition; 6. Economic pressure and bargaining tactics in the established relationship; 7. Remedies, the Labor Reform Bill of 1978, and the Employee Free Choice Bill of 2009; 8. Dispute resolution in the established relationship; 9. The duty of fair representation; 10. The public sector; 11. Public-interest labor law; 12. Labor in professional sports: collective bargaining and dispute resolution procedures; 13. Conclusion.
The book is for non-lawyer, union and employer representatives; lawyers who are grounded in the American system but have little understanding of labor law; labor lawyers, including government representatives who want to have an overview; and foreign audiences who are interested in the United States, American studies and labor-management relations.
William B. Gould, IV is Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Stanford Law School. He was Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (1994–98), Chairman of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (2014–17), and Independent Monitor for FirstGroup America from 2008–10. Professor Gould is a critically acclaimed author of ten books and more than sixty law review articles, and in 2011–12, he was Special Advisor to the Department of Housing and Urban Development on project labor agreements.
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