Kochan, Thomas A.
July 1974
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Jul74, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p525
Academic Journal
This article addresses a lack of development of theoretical models for collective bargaining in public sector by presenting a behavioral theory of the bargaining process in city governments. Variations in the extent of multilateral bargaining within a large sample of cities are systematically linked to a number union and management characteristics. The close association hypothesized in the bargaining model between the political conflicts that occur within city governments and the nature of the union-city bargaining process received strong support. The significance of the political relationship among the parties was further bolstered by the correlation found between the political strength of the unions and multilateral bargaining.


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