Arbitrator as Consensus Builder: Opportunities and Challenges in the Changing Labor Relations Environment [Article]

At the National Academy of Arbitrators’ (NAA’s) 2011 Fall Education Conference in Miami, Florida, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) offered a one-day pre-conference training for NAA members interested …Continue reading

Contract Negotiations Between Homewood-Flossmoor High School (Illinois) and the Teachers Union [Video]

Homewood-Flossmoor District Negotiations

The case study that follows illustrates the use of interest-based ideas in a contract negotiation between the Homewood-Flossmoor school district in Illinois and its teachers union. Following a very tumultuous …Continue reading

Declaring peace in teacher contract talks [Opinion]

by Lawrence Harmon – The Boston Globe – Contract negotiations between teachers’ unions and school districts often resemble the Civil War naval battle between the ironclads Merrimac and Monitor: Each …Continue reading

Transforming labor relations at the San Francisco Symphony [Article]


This article summarizes what the authors learned from their work with the San Francisco Symphony during a transformative period. For two years, with support from the William and Flora Hewlett …Continue reading

Bargaining over how to bargain in labor-management negotiations [Article]


A close look at the interest-based experiments in labor relations reveals that adversarial institutional patterns have often been rejected in favor of more collaborative, problem-solving techniques without a full appreciation …Continue reading