Studies of collective bargaining have often centered on technique, style and the economic data that each side can use in bargaining a labor contract. Often overlooked, however, are the more subtle factors that influence the outcome of a round of bargaining. This article will reflect upon five of those intangible influences, namely, 1) the role of history; 2) the setting of expectations; 3) the nature and character of the people in the process; 4) the aspects of timing in negotiations and 5) the element of catharsis. The author has noted these five factors in his long career at the bargaining table and explains how those influences can directly affect the success or failure of the negotiations.
"This Much I Know is True: The Five Intangible Influences on Collective Bargaining,"
Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy: Vol. 3
, Article 5.
Available at: http://thekeep.eiu.edu/jcba/vol3/iss1/5