What role did the 1930's Wagner Act have in bringing about majority rule unionism in the United States? What are the implications of compulsory unionism on the First Amendment? How do unions exercise monopoly power through the legislative privilege of exclusive representation? To what degree have union security agreements precipitated the growth of public sector unionism?
Those are some of the questions that were addressed at a Symposium on the "Exclusivity of Union Representation in the Public Sector." Cosponsored by George Mason University's Journal of Labor Researchand the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, the Symposium was held February 10, 1984, in Rosslyn, Virginia. The Public Service Research Foundation was pleased to share in the publication costs of the proceedings and to help disseminate this information through the medium of the Government Union Review.
The issue of government ceding unions the right to act as exclusive bargaining agents touches the essence of the relationship between labor and management. In the public sector arena, exclusivity raises some serious ethical and philosophical problems. The papers presented by the participants of the Symposium discuss the repercussions of exclusivity from a variety of perspectives, among them the historical, legal, and that of public choice. Together the authors have produced an enlightening purview of this vital and fascinating subject.