International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Area Wide Labor-Management Committees: the Public’s View as a Useful Form of Integrative Bargaining
Rick A. Lester, Shannon Thompson, Aaron Crowe

The study examines the public’s view of credit and blame for labor problems and the use of an area wide labor/management committee in dealing with labor conflict. A survey was administered to area citizens of one SMSA in northwest Alabama to determine what, if any, degree of blame each saw area unions, organizations, and/or workers shouldering and the impact an AWLMC, or integrative bargaining, would have in correcting these concerns. Results show the survey population did follow the assumed relationship between the placing of blame and union membership, but there was some surprise in the finding that the respondent’s sex had some impact on the placing of blame. A final conclusion of the study did show that the AWLMC committee was seen as a valuable negotiating vehicle for the correction of an area’s problems.

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