An Introduction to U.S. Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations, Fifth Edition

  • 11h 49m
  • Alexander J. S. Colvin, Harry C. Katz, Thomas A. Kochan
  • Cornell University Press
  • 2017

This comprehensive textbook provides an introduction to collective bargaining and labor relations with a focus on developments in the United States. It is appropriate for students, policy analysts, and labor relations professionals including unionists, managers, and neutrals. A three-tiered strategic choice framework unifies the text, and the authors’ thorough grounding in labor history and labor law assists students in learning the basics. In addition to traditional labor relations, the authors address emerging forms of collective representation and movements that address income inequality in novel ways.

Harry C. Katz, Thomas A. Kochan, and Alexander J. S. Colvin provide numerous contemporary illustrations of business and union strategies. They consider the processes of contract negotiation and contract administration with frequent comparisons to nonunion practices and developments, and a full chapter is devoted to special aspects of the public sector. An Introduction to U.S. Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations has an international scope, covering labor rights issues associated with the global supply chain as well as the growing influence of NGOs and cross-national unionism. The authors also compare how labor relations systems in Germany, Japan, China, India, Brazil, and South Africa compare to practices in the United States.

The textbook is supplemented by a website ( that features an extensive Instructor’s Manual with a test bank, PowerPoint chapter outlines, mock bargaining exercises, organizing cases, grievance cases, and classroom-ready current events materials.

In this Book

  • Abbreviations
  • A Framework for Analyzing Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations
  • The Historical Evolution of the U.S. Labor Relations System
  • The Law and Legal Systems
  • The Role of the Labor Relations Environment
  • Management Strategies and Structures for Collective Bargaining
  • Union Strategies and Structures for Representing Workers
  • Union Organizing and Bargaining Structures
  • The Negotiations Process and Strikes
  • Dispute Resolution Procedures
  • Contract Terms and Employment Outcomes
  • Workplace Labor Relations
  • Conflict Resolution at the Workplace
  • Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector
  • Global Pressures—Multinational Employers, International Unionism, and NGOs
  • Labor Relations in other Countries
  • The Future of U.S. Labor Policy and Labor Relations
  • Glossary