Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector: The Experience of Eight States

TitleCollective Bargaining in the Public Sector: The Experience of Eight States
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsNajita, Joyce M., and Stern, James L.
CityNew York
Keywordscollective bargaining, legislation, public sector, public sector collective bargaining

Unlike Europe, where most public sector workers have long been included in collective bargaining agreements, the United States excluded public employees from such legislation until the 1960s and 70s. Since then, union membership in the U. S. has grown more rapidly among public workers than among workers in the private sector. This book provides up-to-date information on public sector collective bargaining in the United States today. The editors' seek to understand the real nature of PSB by examining eight states where the action is taking place -- California, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The chapters offer unique case studies of legal origins, developments, and challenges to collective bargaining; negotiations experience and outcomes; discussion of legislation; and emphasis of historical development as well as current practice.