Taking stock: Collective bargaining at the turn of the century

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Thomas Kochan

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Examining data from two national surveys of matched pairs of union and management lead negotiators, the authors evaluate the current state of practice in labor relations and test several propositions related to the transformation of American industrial relations. They find that 30-40% of the parties reported that they had introduced negotiated, workplace-level innovations or engaged in strategic-level interactions-both important aspects of transformation. Also, nearly half of the parties reported experience with use of interest-based bargaining practices. At the same time, relatively few parties reported relationships that were improving, and views on the extent of change differed between labor and management. Thus, there is an identifiable path supporting the transformation process, but only a minority of bargaining relationships are moving down that path.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-26
Number of pages24
JournalIndustrial and Labor Relations Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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