Labor-Management Relations/Collective Bargaining/Labor-Management Cooperation

During the 1980s the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) Bureau of Labor-Management Relations and Cooperative Programs facilitated the development and promotion of new approaches to labor-management relations in the United States to reduce conflict among labor and management and to increase the adoption and use of more cooperative approaches to Labor-Management relations. This new approach was then spread through a variety of means, including publications, training workshops and seminars. USU was one of the first educational institutions in the U.S. to pilot test and use these concepts and materials in the classroom. In addition to being promoted and used in the U.S., these same materials were also translated and used in Central and Eastern Europe from 1991 to 2000 as part of the technical assistance projects carried out the USDOL with the assistance of people like myself. This section contains sets of these materials, plus other documents and materials covering a variety of efforts developed to deal with collective bargaining and labor management relations in the United States from 1970 to 2000.


  1. “Cooperative Labor-Management Programs to achieve new and more productive relationships at the workplace: The need and the potential.” S.533 Human Resources Development Act. Invited testimony before the Subcommittee on Employment, Poverty and Migratory Labor of the Committee on Human Resources, U.S. Senate. 95th Congress 1st Session, September 27, 1977. pp. 183-196.
  2. “Innovative labor-management programs in the Intermountain coal industry.” Testimony before the National Coal Commission, Denver, Colorado, October 26, 1978.
  3. Productivity Improvement in the State Government. Report of the Governor’s Committee on The Improvement of Productivity in Utah State Government. Salt Lake City, Office of the Governor, June 1982. 16 pp. (Co-author)
  4. "Labor-management cooperation in North America." Presentation to the faculty and students of the Institute of Industrial Relations, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, November 20, 1982.
  5. “Invited testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Labor-Management Relations on H.R. 1616, “Labor-Management Notification and Consultation Act of 1985,” Washington, D.C., May 15, 1985. Testimony and remarks on pp. 80-89.
  6. Quality of Work Life: AT&T and CWA Examine Process After Three Years. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor-Management Relations and Cooperative Programs, 1985. 57 pages. (Participating Researcher.)
  7. “Introducing non-adversarial industrial relations concepts in Central and Eastern Europe: The FSO case in Poland.” Chapter 8 in John Brady, ed., Central and Eastern Europe—Industrial Relations and The Market Economy, Volume 8 in Official Proceeding of the Fifth IIRA European Regional Congress—The Employment Relationship on the eve of the Twenty-First Century—held in Dublin, Ireland, 26-29 August 1997. (Dublin, Oak Tree Press, 1997), pp. 151-176.
  8. As part of the USDOL projects carried out in Central and Eastern Europe during the 1990s, I wrote a guide for the Enterprise Restructuring and Competitiveness component for the USDOL Adjustment Model. Chapter 6 provided a number of elements covering various aspects of Western-style labor management approaches and concepts. Chapter 6 in this guide is an introduction to this component.
  9. "The UAW-Ford Experience in Providing Education and Training Opportunities to Displaced Autoworkers." Responding to the severe recession, Ford and the UAW used innovative provisions in their labor contract. Paper was delivered at an international conference on adult education and responses to unemployment. New Feld College, Oxford, England, July 15-17, 1988.