The Role of Government in Collective Bargaining Negotiations: The Public Interest

Reynolds, James J.
November 1962
Labor Law Journal;Nov62, Vol. 13 Issue 11, p927
Academic Journal
The relationship between labor and management is a crucial testing ground of freedom in today's technological society. Collective bargaining is a basic institution. Government efforts in the labor-management field have been directed toward encouraging the parties to bargain responsibly. One seeks to avoid on the one hand government-imposed settlements and on the other hand settlements, which may be injurious to the public or to one or the other party. Usually one rejects a policy of compulsory arbitration, just as one rejects a rigorous "hands-off" policy. Workers and management are committed to free decision-making by the parties and to their right to assert economic force, but they strive by every proper means to minimize conflict. Beyond that, the government must fulfill its historic obligation to promote and preserve the public interest. The commitment to free decision-making and efforts to keep the peace between labor and management are truly meaningful only in the context of this traditional role of government.


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