The Unit Appropriate For Bargaining: The Pennsylvania Experience


DOI: 10.2190/4W90-P990-0N9V-318T


In Pennsylvania--a "right-to-strike" state--the Labor Relations Board has established guidelines for unit appropriateness, and the Public Employee Relations Act directs it to examine the existence of a community of interest as well as the effects of over-fragmentation. The Board has avoided the establishment of hard-and-fast rules in applying specific restrictions stated in the Act. This article analyzes the ways in which distinctions have been drawn while retaining the philosophy that the unit for bargaining may be any appropriate one, not the most appropriate one.

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