Negotiating the Future: New Approach to Labor Relations in the Public Sector

futureBarry Bluestone
Dean, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

NLC State Managers Conference
Custer State Park, South Dakota
July 28, 2011

Northern University
School of Public and Urban Affairs

The Glory Days of the UAW

1960s: UAW had 1.5 million members
 Its economic clout helped provide
excellent wages
and benefits … building America’s Middle Class
Equally important, the UAW was one the most
respected progressive forces
in the nation fighting
for universal health care, civil rights, workforce
training, and fighting against poverty
Because of its progressive stance, it enjoyed
widespread popular support

Traditional Workplace Contract … first
negotiated by UAW with GM in 1946

AIF/COLA Wage Formula
“Fringe” Benefits
Seniority Protection
Grievance Machinery
Work Rules/Job Classifications
Union Security Clause
Management Rights Clause

Negotiating the Future

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