Taking Stock: Collective Bargaining at the Turn of the Century

Posted: 1 Oct 2004

See all articles by Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

LER, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Thomas A. Kochan

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Abstract

Examining data from two national surveys of matched pairs of union and management lead negotiators, the authors evaluate the current state of practice in labor relations and test several propositions related to the transformation of American industrial relations. They find that 30-40% of the parties reported that they had introduced negotiated, workplace-level innovations or engaged in strategic-level interactions - both important aspects of transformation. Also, nearly half of the parties reported experience with use of interest-based bargaining practices. At the same time, relatively few parties reported relationships that were improving, and views on the extent of change differed between labor and management. Thus, there is an identifiable path supporting the transformation process, but only a minority of bargaining relationships are moving down that path.

Keywords: Collective bargaining, transformation of industrial relations

JEL Classification: J50, J51, J53

Suggested Citation

Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel and Kochan, Thomas A., Taking Stock: Collective Bargaining at the Turn of the Century. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=598369

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