THE EFFECTS OF FACT-FINDING AND FINAL-OFFER ISSUE-BY-ISSUE COMPULSORY INTEREST ARBITRATION ON TEACHERS' WAGES, FRINGE BENEFITS, AND LANGUAGE PROVISIONS: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF NEW JERSEY AND CONNECTICUT, 1980-86
EDITH DUNFEE RIES
AbstractThis comparative study focused on bargaining outcomes achieved by teachers in jurisdictions mandating final-offer issue-by-issue compulsory interest arbitration and fact-finding as a means of resolving collective bargaining disputes in Connecticut and New Jersey, respectively. The sample under study included fifty randomly selected K-12 school districts. Data were collected by means of contract analysis and survey and included salaries, fringe benefits, and language provisions. The research advances understanding of bargaining outcomes for teachers in fact-finding and interest arbitration states and should have implications for school boards, teacher unions, and state legislatures searching for alternatives to strikes in public sector teacher bargaining.
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