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This book is about the relationship between law, a quasi-judicialadministrative agency, and politics, in the volatile arena of labor policy and thebalance of power between labor and management.... It is about the rule of law andthe role of labor law in a modern economy.-- from the IntroductionFrom 1994 to1998, William B. Gould IV served as Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board.One of only three NLRB Chairmen to come from an academic background, he quicklyrealized that he was an outsider in a very political world. In this compellingmemoir, Gould describes the tribulations of trying to assure impartialadministration of federal labor laws while faced with a hostile, RepublicanCongress. He describes his difficult confirmation process and wrenchingCongressional hearings, particularly the one over Proposition 226, a ballotinitiative that required unions to get explicit authorization from all representedworkers prior to expending dues for political purposes. He tells how the behavior ofboth Board members and members of Congress, guided by self-interest and rigidideology, contributed to the Board's problems. He also recounts the positive stridesthe NLRB made during his tenure, despite the turmoil. The book provides an insider'sview of what goes on behind the closed doors in our nation's capital, includingdiscussions with members of Congress, the White House, and President BillClinton.

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A personally revealing, politically astute memoir by a former Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board.

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This book is about the relationship between law, a quasi-judicial administrative agency, and politics, in the volatile arena of labor policy and the balance of power between labor and management.... It is about the rule of law and the role of labor law in a modern economy.

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From 1994 to 1998, William B. Gould IV served as Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. One of only three NLRB Chairmen to come from an academic background, he quickly realized that he was an outsider in a very political world. In this compelling memoir, Gould describes the tribulations of trying to assure impartial administration of federal labor laws while faced with a hostile, Republican Congress. He describes his difficult confirmation process and wrenching Congressional hearings, particularly the one over Proposition 226, a ballot initiative that required unions to get explicit authorization from all represented workers prior to expending dues for political purposes. He tells how the behavior of both Board members and members of Congress, guided by self-interest and rigid ideology, contributed to the Board's problems. He also recounts the positive strides the NLRB made during his tenure, despite the turmoil. The book provides an insider's view of what goes on behind the closed doors in our nation's capital, including discussions with members of Congress, the White House, and President Bill Clinton.

About the Author

William B. Gould IV is Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus at Stanford University and William M. Ramsey Distinguished Professor of Law at Willamette University College of Law. He is the author of Agenda for Reform (MIT Press, 1993) and A Primer on American Labor Law (MIT Press, 1993). The recipient of five honorary doctorate degrees, he has been an impartial arbitrator since 1965 and a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators since 1970.

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ISBN:
9780262072052
Author:
Gould, William B., IV
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Author:
, William B. Gould, IV
Author:
IV, William B. Gould
Author:
Gould, William B., IV
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History
Subject:
Industrial relations
Subject:
Labor
Subject:
Judges
Subject:
Unfair labor practices.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Judges -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Political
Copyright:
Series:
Labored Relations
Series Volume:
90-21
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
395
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in 2.1 lb

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"Synopsis" by , A personally revealing, politically astute memoir by a former Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board.
"Synopsis" by , This book is about the relationship between law, a quasi-judicial administrative agency, and politics, in the volatile arena of labor policy and the balance of power between labor and management.... It is about the rule of law and the role of labor law in a modern economy.
"Synopsis" by , From 1994 to 1998, William B. Gould IV served as Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. One of only three NLRB Chairmen to come from an academic background, he quickly realized that he was an outsider in a very political world. In this compelling memoir, Gould describes the tribulations of trying to assure impartial administration of federal labor laws while faced with a hostile, Republican Congress. He describes his difficult confirmation process and wrenching Congressional hearings, particularly the one over Proposition 226, a ballot initiative that required unions to get explicit authorization from all represented workers prior to expending dues for political purposes. He tells how the behavior of both Board members and members of Congress, guided by self-interest and rigid ideology, contributed to the Board's problems. He also recounts the positive strides the NLRB made during his tenure, despite the turmoil. The book provides an insider's view of what goes on behind the closed doors in our nation's capital, including discussions with members of Congress, the White House, and President Bill Clinton.
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