Labor Relations, 11th Edition
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Labor Relations: Development, Structure, Process by John Fossum presents the history and development of labor relations, bargaining structures and issues, and the process of negotiations and contract administration. The 11th edition addresses the increasing importance of health care costs, access, legislation, and regulation. Fossum explores the structure and internal politics of union organizations, union organizing and union avoidance, while reflecting and balancing the viewpoints of both labor and management, including economic, institutional, and behavioral perspectives.
The Health Insurance section in Chapter 9 has been completely rewritten and expanded to include a section on the PPACA (Obama-care) and an accompanying table listing the chronology of major changes that are mandated by the legislation.
New material has been added to the New Leadership Section on SEIU-UNITE-HERE conflicts, the election of Ron Trumka to heading AFL-CIO, and Andy Stern's retirement from the SEIU and Change to Win coalition.
Two sections on Supreme Court decisions that strongly support the use of arbitration to resolve both contractual and statutory grievances without the resort to strike or adjudication have been added to Chapter 15.
Chapter 14 notes the flip-flopping of executive orders of Presidents Bush and Obama with regard to project labor agreements in federal construction projects.
The end of chapter case in Chapter 16 was revised to include and emphasize the defined benefit pension plan that is in the contract. This included falling property values as a problem in negotiations, particularly given that school financing is primarily through property taxes.
Each chapter begins with a roadmap of key topics and objectives. Most end with discussion questions that relate to relatively broad issues raised in the chapter or ask that a position be formulated for labor or management on one of these issues.
Experiential learning is a key tenet of this text. Many chapters include case material. A continuing running case is based on a simulated organization, General Materials & Fabrication Corporation (GMFC), a heavy-equipment manufacturer, and begins after Chapter 6. A mock negotiation exercise, contract administration cases, and cases discussing arbitration issues arising from the contract are presented, providing students with a greater appreciation of the process involved in the collective bargaining relationship.
References to general purpose websites are given following many chapters.
The topical flow of the book (Development, Structure, Process) has been retained and provides a solid framework for understanding and analyzing labor relations in the modern era. The final 2 chapters of the book involve cover all of the major topics for public sector unions and unions in developed and developing economies.