Faculty Publications

Title

New technology in unionized firms? Advantages of mandatory bargaining

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Collective bargaining, Labor law, Technological change

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal

Volume

10

Issue

1

First Page

37

Last Page

48

Abstract

U.S. Labor Law currently allows employers whose work forces are unionized to introduce new technologies without bargaining over the decision to do so. This forces unions to adopt inefficient strategies when negotiating collective bargaining agreements in an effort to minimize the impact of technological change on their members. Allowing unions to bargain over the decision to introduce new technologies would obviate their having to resort to these inefficient strategies. In addition, it might increase the likelihood of employees suggesting alterations in production processes that would increase the rate of technological change. For these reasons, this article advocates amending U.S. labor law to require employers to bargain over the introduction of new technologies. © 1997 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1997

DOI of published version

10.1023/A:1025667719610

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