5th Edition

Labor Relations in the Public Sector

    428 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Since publication of the fourth edition of Labor Relations in the Public Sector, public sector unions have encountered strong headwinds in many parts of the U.S. Membership is falling in some jurisdictions, public opinion has shifted against the unions, and political forces are leaning against them. Retaining the structure that made the previous editions so popular, this fifth edition incorporates a complete round of updates, particularly sections on recent trends in membership figures, new legislation, and new politics as they influence bargaining rights.


    See What’s New in the Fifth Edition:

    • Up to date examination and analysis of public sector labor relations and collective bargaining
    • Important changes in the public labor relations and unionization landscape
    • Updated analysis of the financial and human resource outcomes of collective bargaining in the public sector
    • Collective bargaining institutions and processes in government

    Completely updated in terms of the scholarly and professional literature and relevant events, the new edition identifies and explains the implications of the new collective bargaining environment, including financial and human resource management issues and outcomes. As in previous editions, collective bargaining and labor relations are addressed at all levels of government, with comparisons to the private and nonprofit sectors. Designed to be classroom friendly, it includes discussions of the most recent literature and case studies as well as end-of-chapter assignments and quizzes. Practical tips and advice are offered for those engaged in collective bargaining and labor relations.

    History and Development
    Early American Unionism
    Factors Contributing to Private Sector Union Decline
    Unions in Government
    Why Government Workers Join Unions—The Individual Perspective

    The Unions Today
    The Federal Government
    Nonprofit Organizations
    State and Local Government

    Legal Environment of Public Sector Labor Relations
    Right to Form and Join Unions
    Labor Relations in Federal Employment: The Legal Basis
    Legal Basis of Labor Relations in State and Local Governments

    Fundamentals of the Bargaining Process
    Public–Private Sector Differences
    Electing a Union and Getting a Contract: The Elements of Collective Bargaining
    Summary and Conclusions

    Process and Politics of Public Sector Collective Bargaining
    Internal Process and Politics
    External Politics
    Internal Bargaining Processes: From Traditional to Interest-Based Bargaining
    Ratification of the Contract
    Interest-Based Bargaining’s Potential
    Summary and Conclusions

    Financial Impacts of Unions and Collective Bargaining
    Budget Making and Unions
    Unions, Wages, and Benefits
    Are Public Sector Workers Paid More Than Private
    Comparing the Relative Effects of Unions in the Public and Private Sectors
    Effects of Public Employee Unions on Compensation: Methodological Problems
    Effects of Public Employee Unions on Compensation: A Review of the Findings
    Responding to Public Sector Compensation Cost Increases
    Productivity Bargaining (Gainsharing)

    Union Impacts: Personnel Processes and Policies
    Merit Systems
    Specific Impacts of Unions on Personnel Functions and Policies

    A Strike by Any Other Name
    Public Sector Strike Activity
    The Right to Strike in Public Employment
    Legislation Pertaining to Strikes
    Public Policy and the Incidence of Strikes
    Why Public Employees Strike
    Strike Tactics
    Conclusions and a Look Ahead

    Resolving Impasses: Alternatives to the Strike
    Private Sector Experience
    Impasse Resolution in Federal Employment
    State and Local Government Impasse Procedures
    Search for Flexibility
    Uncertainty: Benefit or Bane?
    Conclusion: The Benefits of Impasse Procedures

    Living with the Contract
    Collective Bargaining Agreement
    Grievance Procedures
    Grievance Arbitration
    Grievance Procedures in Federal Employment
    New Directions in Grievance Handling

    Public Employee Unions in the Future
    Decline of Private Sector Unions
    Challenges for Public Employee Unions
    Labor–Management Cooperation and Participative Decision Making
    Public Employee Unions in the 2010s: Conclusion
    Down but Not Out: The Case for Continuing the Good Fight


    Richard C Kearney, Patrice M Mareschal