Welcome! Login | Register
 

Monfredo: Moving Up School Starting Time On The Secondary Level - A Community Discussion—Monfredo: Moving Up School Starting Time On The…

Trump and Sanders – Leads are Narrowing—Trump and Sanders – Leads are Narrowing

Finneran: As Iowa Fades, New Hampshire Rises—Finneran: As Iowa Fades, New Hampshire Rises

Head of School at Moses Brown Does it Again - to Adele’s “Hello” - School Cancelled—Head of School at Moses Brown Does it…

Girls Inc. Receives $25K in Funding to Support STEM—Girls Inc. Receives $25K in Funding to Support…

The Cellar: Next Stop - 2016 Boston Wine Expo—The Cellar: Next Stop - 2016 Boston Wine…

John Ghiorse: Storm Update - Thursday—John Ghiorse: Storm Update - Thursday, Feb. 5

Warren Speaks on Rigged Justice System & Rejecting GOP Proposals—Warren Speaks on Rigged Justice System & Rejecting…

20 Top Rated Shows on Netflix—20 Top Rated Shows on Netflix

Police Recruit Class Fails to Reflect Worcester’s Population—Police Recruit Class Fails to Reflect Worcester’s Population

 
 

NEW: Clark Professor Examines Collective Bargaining in New Book

Friday, July 20, 2012

 

The ever-changing American workplace is the subject of Clark professor Gary N. Chaison's latest book "The New Collective Bargaining."

In the book, Chaison examines how the dwindling numbers in American labor unions have affected modern collective bargaining. A professor in Clark's Graduate School of Management, Chaison explains some of the important ways collective bargaining has changed over the past decade.

"Collective bargaining has been transformed in significant and lasting ways and that the implicit code of conduct between employers and unions has been eroded,” Chaison said. “The decline of bargaining is symptomatic of the loss of union influence in the workplace and in the economy."

With labor unions losing power, Chaison asserts that the past decade has been filled with ultra-concession bargaining. With that in mind, Chaison offers a grim prediction about the near future of union-employer relationships.

“The collective bargaining of the past decade can be characterized as ultra-concession bargaining because it is an intense and self-perpetuating deviation from earlier concession bargaining. Employers now act and unions react, rather than the other way around,” Chaison said. “Employers no longer have to establish a credible case of financial hardship, or commit to the traditional quid pro quo of saving jobs in return for lower labor costs, or guarantee singularity (that concession bargaining is a single event that will not have to be repeated).”

Chaison teaches courses in international labor relations, human resource management and union-management negotiations at Clark. He has published four books, his most recent being “Unions in America” (SAGE Publications 2006). Chaison has been quoted regularly by national and international media as a labor expert, and has been on the Clark faculty since 1981. 

 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.