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NCJ Number: 98579 Find in a Library
Title: Public Sector Mediation
Author(s): A M Zack
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 214
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of National Affairs
Washington, DC 20037
Sale Source: Bureau of National Affairs
1231 25th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This detailed chronicle of the public labor-management dispute resolution process from preparation to signed contract is designed to aid the mediator as well as the disputants.
Abstract: The book first states what mediation is, how it is distinguished from other elements of the negotiation process, and how it has evolved in collective bargaining. The characteristics and qualities of competent mediators are then identified. The following are discussed as prerequisites for commencing mediation: the breakdown of direct negotiations, the designation of the mediator, establishing contact with the mediator, and preparing procedurally and substantively for the first mediation session. The book then considers the various ways of handling the initial presentation of the issues as well as the types of meetings with each team, with both teams, with each spokesperson, and with both spokespersons. Problems confronted by the disputants as well as the mediator during the mediation also are considered. The volume concludes with an examination of the momentum of the mediation process as it nears completion, whether it be toward agreement or a breaking off of the mediation. The appendix presents the Code of Professional Conduct for Labor Mediators, and a subject index is provided. (Author summary modified)
Index Term(s): Collective bargaining; Labor relations; Mediation; Mediators
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