Public_Sector_lecture_outline_4.6_09 - ILR 205 - H. Katz...

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ILR 205 - H. Katz April 6, 2009 Public Sector Unionization and Collective Bargaining – Lecture Outline I. Introduction -- why public sector CB is important A. The public sector is a sizable component of our economy (about 35% of GNP). B. The public sector work force is heavily organized (36% of employees are unionized, a majority of public school teachers, police, and firefighters). C. The largest and wealthiest American unions are now public sector unions (such as AFSCME, NEA). D. The growth of CB in the public sector in the mid-1960s was an important exception to post-World War II union decline. E. Public sector labor is different -- the public sector is not covered by the NLRA; state law applies; the laws vary. II. Eras in public sector collective bargaining A. Pre-1960s 1. Sovereignty doctrine applied by many courts. 2. Sporadic unionism (e.g., Boston police strike in 1919 broken by then Governor Calvin Coolidge). 3. Why is unionism so late in coming? In part because civil service was the alternative, courts also restricted unionism. B.
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2009 for the course ILR 2050 taught by Professor Larrykatz during the Spring '09 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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