An Analysis of the Risks of Arbitration. Posthuma, Richard. Spring 1990

Examines Michigan's Act 312, the procedure used to resolve collective bargaining impasses between the state's local governments and their police and fire fighter unions. Using probability concepts to analyze its efficacy, the author concludes that the act shows signs of having failed to achieve the intent of state lawmakers. Indeed, Detroit Mayor Coleman Young (D), who as a legislator had advocated passage of the act, has lately called for its revision or outright repeal.