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Managing labor relations in the public sector
Coleman, Charles J.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 1990.
Physical Description:
xxii, 407 pages ; 24 cm.
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This book provides practical insights into improving the effectiveness of labour negotiations in the public sector. It outlines the common conceptions, goals, needs, and obligations the different parties involved in public sector labour negotiations bring with them to negotiations. It also offers useful guidelines for all participants in negotiations - showing, for example, how management can assess the added cost of a proposed employee contract, how unions can most effectively prepare a case for arbitration, and how employees can best handle strikes should negotiations break down.

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Coleman (Rutgers University) succeeds in contrasting public sector labor relations with labor relations in the private sector. Before presenting a detailed analysis of the differences in public and private sector collective bargaining, Coleman outlines the evolution of public sector labor relations. His presentation reveals the complexity of labor relations in the public sector; for example, although the management and union teams are obviously part of the process, community members and political representatives are often allowed input in public sector bargaining. It is evident that Coleman believes in the bargaining process whether it be in the public or private sector. He can certainly be credited with writing an informative book on collective bargaining, which includes virtually everything the typical introductory labor relations textbook would cover and more. The bibliography is first-rate, providing a very solid frame of reference. Libraries supporting upper-division and graduate programs in business and labor relations should acquire this volume. -K. T. Miller, Fairleigh Dickinson University