Greenberg, David H.
January 1968
ILR Review;Jan68, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p197
Academic Journal
The article examines the circumstances and forms of adjustment to the particular needs of the individual plant of company within a bargaining unit and the plant or company subject to a strong well-defined wage pattern. Particular attention is focused on the dilemma of plant survival versus wage uniformity. When both are unobtainable, unions are forced to make agonizing choice. Their responses are analyzed through a survey of the literature on crisis bargaining. Terms like "multiemployer bargaining" and "wage pattern" convey a strong impression of centralized decision making and concomitant inability to accommodate the distinctive interests of individual plants and companies. "Multiemployer bargaining" and "pattern bargaining" both suggest imposition of identical terms on employers regardless of their varying economic and financial circumstances. Unions utilize a variety of techniques to accommodate to the particular circumstances of individual plants and firms while endeavoring to maintain wage and fringe benefit standards.


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