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Agenda for Reform: The Future of Employment Relationships and the Law


  • William B. Gould IV

    () (Stanford University)


For years William Gould has argued for labor law reform that would facilitate trade union organization and collective bargaining. In the face of increased erosion in worker protection and weakening of the collective bargaining process, Gould proposes an agenda of reforms to balance the interests of management and workers, and to protect employee participation and job security. He evaluates such factors as the possible repeal or reform of the NLRA, the possible increase in worker participation plans, the change in the use of the strike weapon, wrongful discharge law, the protections afforded nonunion employees, and race relations as factors that will affect the future of the labor management relationship and, consequently, the future of industrial relations.

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  • William B. Gould IV, 1996. "Agenda for Reform: The Future of Employment Relationships and the Law," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262571145, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:mtp:titles:0262571145

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    labor law reform; trade union organization; collective bargaining;

    JEL classification:

    • K31 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Labor Law
    • J5 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining
    • M54 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Labor Management


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