The Convergence of Public and Private Industrial Relations Systems in the United States.

At the turn of the century, when public sector unions were beginning to organize, it was inherently understood that there was a profound difference between them and private sector unions. However, since that fast receding past, the entire spectrum of labor relationships has altered. In "The Convergence of Private and Public Sector Industrial Relations Systems in the United States," Dr. Troy discusses that process of change and its ramifications. He contends that the expanding role of collective bargaining may essentially replace representative government as the prime arbitrator of how many of our resources are allocated. Much of the blame can be attached to a trend towards convergence inchoated by the government's 1960's shift in domestic policy and attitude about public sector unions.