MacManus, Susan A.
January 1984
Public Administration Quarterly;Winter84, Vol. 7 Issue 4, p411
Academic Journal
The article examines impact of state collective bargaining and compulsory binding arbitration mandates on city's fiscal condition in the U.S. State mandates have been a general source of irritation to local government officials for some time. Particularly troublesome are collective bargaining and compulsory binding arbitration mandates. Collective bargaining mandates dictate that the municipal government and its public employee representatives be equal partners in contract negotiations and that the product of such negotiations be a mutually binding collective bargaining contract. A number of studies have examined the general relationship between employee unionization, wage levels and municipal expenditure levels. Other studies have focused on the impact of one employee group on public sector wages and municipal personnel expenditure levels. The studies have not, however, taken a look at the collective impact of such groups on a city's overall fiscal condition. Collective bargaining and compulsory binding arbitration mandate data were collected from three groups of police, fire and municipal employees. From a fiscal perspective, local officials see state mandates as prime examples of the tendency for higher levels of government to impose costs on lower levels without providing any revenue to meet those costs.


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