Introduction: The New Collective Bargaining
The 2009 collective negotiations between the Boston Globe’s management and the Newspaper Guild illustrate a new form of concession bargaining—ultra-concession bargaining. A key premise of this study is introduced; collective bargaining has been transformed in significant and new ways, and the implicit code of conduct between employers and unions has been eroded. The new collective bargaining is defined, and a distinction is drawn between conventional collective bargaining and concession bargaining. The two waves of concession bargaining (the first in the 1980s and the second in the years since the turn of this century) are briefly described.
KeywordsBoston globe New York Times company Collective bargaining Concession bargaining Ultra-concession bargaining Nonunion competition
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