The paper focuses on the areas of changes in collective bargaining in transit that could contribute to a better labor-management relationship. The findings from several studies are reviewed, and a series of questions which will stimulate discussion is raised. The parties and their objectives in collective bargaining are discussed, and the critical issues are explored. One study of collective bargaining in the Southeast found decentralization in publicly owned agencies, i.e., mass transit employees concerns are negotiated and included in a labor agreement that is separate from that of other municipal employees. Comments are made on such aspects as the power to make policy decisions, and on the differences between private and public systems. The Southeast study showed that the shift from private to public ownership had little impact on the collective bargaining process, and that the budget-making process exerted no influence on collective bargaining. It was also found that most of the mass transit properties appear to be relativley unaffected by state or federal labor laws. Institutional and economic issues are discussed. Comments are made on the resolution of impasses in industral disputes.

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  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Created Date: Nov 14 1981 12:00AM