Academic Bias in Public Sector Labor Relations.

Dr. Myron Lieberman, long-time member of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers and a major critic of collective bargaining in the public sector, in his acerbic style now attacks the leading academic centers on labor relations in the United States. In "Academic Bias in Public Sector Labor Relation," Dr. Lieberman charges the centers with a pronounced bias in favor of public sector bargaining.

By "bias," he means these centers do not raise questions or conduct research which would challenge the major assumptions of, or the rationale for, public sector bargaining. Me says they generally avoid critical issues concerning the implementation of state bargaining laws. Dr. Lieberman says: "In my opinion, the major reason for this situation is the fact that the professors who teach and conduct research on public sector labor relations frequently have strong professional financial incentives for avoiding such issues."