Do Public-Sector Strike Bans Really Prevent Conflict?

20 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2003

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Robert Hebdon

Cornell University

Robert M. Stern

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics

Abstract

This article examines the effectiveness of strike-ban laws in reducing industrial conflict at the municipal level of government. Our central findings are that job actions were higher in states that had no law or no finality in the law, publicity campaigns were used as a pressure tactic in the bargaining process, and grievance delays were greatest under final offer arbitration. Thus dispute costs are highest in jurisdictions that provide no finality in dispute resolution whether or not an explicit framework for bargaining exists.

Suggested Citation

Hebdon, Robert and Stern, Robert M., Do Public-Sector Strike Bans Really Prevent Conflict?. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=416153

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