Union-Management Cooperation: A Passing Fad or Permanent Change?

Gray, Lois S.
January 1984
Labor Studies Journal;Winter84, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p209
Academic Journal
Union-management cooperation is not a passing fad. It is not a new, or even a recent, development on the American labor relations scene. Nonetheless, interest in this subject has been growing. It is the purpose of this article, first, to clarify the meaning of union- management cooperation, indicating what it is and what it is not; second, to describe its history in the United States, going back to World War I; third, to explain the forces, both past and present, that have led to the development of union-management cooperation; fourth, to describe the various mechanisms employed to achieve this cooperation, including the levels of involvement and their scope; fifth, to set forth the necessary and sufficient conditions for successful union-management cooperation and finally, to discuss its future. In analyzing union-management cooperation, it is important to be clear on what ii is not. It is not an absence of strikes or conflict. Cooperation is not synonymous with "industrial peace." Cooperation may take place even when a breakdown in bargaining leads to work stoppages.


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