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NCJ Number: 98951 Find in a Library
Title: Writing the Opinion (From Arbitration in Practice, P 209-224, 1984, Arnold M Zack, ed. - See NCJ-98940)
Author(s): C M Rehmus
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: ILR Press
Ithaca, NY 14853
Sale Source: ILR Press
Cornell University
Box 1000
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This guidance for writing an arbitration opinion encompasses the elements of and the audience for the opinion, hints to the parties for future arbitration, strategy, reliance on precedents, and matters of style.
Abstract: In reviewing elements of the arbitration opinion, the author specifies three immutable elements: (1) the statement of essential preliminary matters, (2) a statement of the issue arbitrated, and (3) a statement of the award. The identification of the audience for the opinion is discussed because of the influence this has on the wording of the decision. Possible audience constituents for the opinion are party representatives, the grievant, the grievant's supervisor, and others involved in the collective bargaining relationship. Regarding the inclusion of hints to the parties about how their position might have been better presented, the author argues that this is inappropriate, since arbitrators in future cases may reason differently. The suggested strategy for writing the opinion is to explain carefully to the losers why they lost. In addressing reliance on prior decisions by arbitrators in similar cases, the paper reasons that precedents should not be slavishly followed, since the particulars of each case are always different. Guidance on the writing style for opinions emphasizes conciseness and certainty.
Index Term(s): Arbitration; Arbitrators; Labor relations; Report writing
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