Bargaining in the Public Sector

  • Stephen G. Peitchinis


Two related developments have had a most profound effect on labour and labour-management relations in the past thirty years: one is the very significant decrease in the proportion of the labour force that is engaged in the production of goods and the provisions of traditional services, such as transportation; and the other is the rapid increase of employment in the public service and enterprises funded largely by the public treasuries. The first is manifested in increasing proportions of the labour force entering into employments that have been difficult to organise, such as professional and technical, clerical, consultative, and general services. The second is manifested in the organisation of public service employees, and employees of enterprises and agencies funded by public monies, such as teachers and hospital employees.


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Notes and References

  1. 2.
    Jack Steiber, “Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector”, in Lloyd Ulman (ed.), Challenges to Collective Bargaining ( Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall Inc., for The American Assembly, 1967 ) p. 87.Google Scholar
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    Myron Lieberman, Public-Sector Bargaining: a Policy Reappraisal ( Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books, 1980 ).Google Scholar
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    John R. Hicks has commented that “… most strikes are doubtless the result of faulty negotiation”, The Theory of Wages (London: Macmillan, 1963) p. 146. The implication being that in most cases the range of possibilities for agreement are sufficient to facilitate agreement without a strike.Google Scholar
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    Harry H. Wellington and Ralph K. Winter, The Unions and the Cities ( Washington: The Brookings Institution, 1971 ) pp. 8–9.Google Scholar
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    S. Christensen, “Pay Boards versus Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector”, Canadian Public Policy, VI (Autumn 1980) pp. 605–13.Google Scholar
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    A good source on the many issues involved is Jack Stieber, Public Employee Unionism: Structure, Growth, Policy ( Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution, 1973 ).Google Scholar
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    Darold T. Barnum and I. B. Helburn, “Influencing the Electorate: Experience with Referenda on Public Employee Bargaining”, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, XXXV (Apr. 1982) pp. 330–42.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Compare the ranking of occupations on the wage and salary scale with the social ranking in Robert W. Hodge, et al., “A Comparative Study of Occupational Prestige”, in R. Bendix and S. M. Lipset (eds), Class, Status and Power ( New York: The Free Press, 1966 ).Google Scholar
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    Jean Boivin, “Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector: Some Propositions on Public Employee Unrest”, in Morley Gunderson (ed.), Collective Bargaining in Essential and Public Service Sectors, (University of Toronto Press, 1975 ) pp. 4–17.Google Scholar

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© Stephen G. peitchinis 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen G. Peitchinis
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CalgaryCanada

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