This law school casebook includes materials dealing with the labor and employment law rights of public employees. It covers constitutional rights, civil service, tenure, overtime, pension, and bankruptcy laws specific to public employees, and also public employee collective bargaining statutes and activities of public-sector unions and employers. It emphasizes how the law governing the public sector workplace differs from the private sector. It also focuses on how public-sector labor rules vary significantly among states (and the federal sector) in important areas including employee coverage, union organizing, the duty to bargain, scope of bargaining, impasse resolution (strikes and alternatives to strikes), bargaining units, and grievance arbitration. The book facilitates classroom examination of different policies, issues, and concerns that arise when the employer is a government entity.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: American Casebook Series
Publication Date: 05/23/2022

Martin H. Malin, Chicago Kent College of Law

Ann C. Hodges, University of Virginia School of Law

Joseph Slater, University of Toledo College of Law

Jeffrey M. Hirsch, University of North Carolina School of Law

Michael M. Oswalt, Northern Illinois University College of Law

Anne Marie Lofaso, West Virginia University College of Law


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The book has been both updated and expanded. It has been updated to include the many significant changes to public-sector labor laws enacted since 2016 and the policy debates associated with these changes. Other sections (e.g., materials on constitutional and statutory protections for public employees and various labor law issues) have also been updated with new cases and new rules. Sections on tenure, civil service, and scope of bargaining laws have been updated to reflect recent attacks on these rights. The book has been expanded to include significant material on public sector law and policy issues related to the Supreme Court’s decision striking down fair share fees, the COVID-19 pandemic, including vaccines and virtual work, the #RedforEd teacher walkouts, and the increasing public scrutiny of police unions.

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