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Collective Bargaining

A look at differences in the private and public sectors
by the Hawaii Wallet Committee


Management's purpose - make money

Authority - top management

Management has economic motive

Strike effect on public - some, not all services are vital. Examples of vital services are hospital, docks.

Strike effect on management - income loss for company; may have future income loss also

Paying for the cost - pass on in prices

Input - joint union-management decision-making is an expansion of input from unilateral decision-making. (NB. Consumer is presently striving to gain input into private business decisions.)

Position of minority union - unlawful for employer to meet with minority union on job-related issues


Management's purpose - provide services not supplied by private sector

Authority - confused between legislature and executive

Management has political motive - The politicians will make decisions based on what they think will be politically advantageous - will the public tolerate a strike? higher taxes? reduction in services? Or, as in the case of Chicago's Mayor Daley, what does the political machine want? (NB. The civil service unions are the mainstays of his political machine.)

Strike effect on public - again, some, not all services are vital. Examples of vital services are sanitation and fire and police protection (counties) and hospitals and prison guards (state)

Strike effect on management - government sometimes in better financial situation due to unpaid wages; public (including employees who struck) may punish elected official with political defeat

Paying for the cost - pass on in higher taxes or cut in services

Input - The public and its representatives don't have opportunity for input until after the contract has been negotiated. ILWU's George Martin proposes that union demands be published so public can indicate whether it is agreeable to them.

Position of minority union - minority employees have all rights of citizens to lobby; therefore the minority union continues to meet with management on job issues. An effect is public competition between rival unions, e.g. HFT & HSTA

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