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March 1983, Vol. 106, No. 3
An experiment in the
mediation of grievances
Stephen B. Goldberg and Jeanne M. Brett
Grievance mediation proved substantially faster and less expensive than arbitration, according to a 1980 test of the mediation procedure in the Appalachian coal fields. Of 37 grievances submitted to mediation during the 6-month experimental period, 32 were resolveda success rate of 86 percent. And, on average, mediation consumed only about one-fourth of the time and cost normally required to obtain the final resolution of a grievance in binding arbitration.
For these and other reasons, persons directly involved in the test were positive about the experience. A majority of company labor relations personnel, union grievance representatives, and rank-and-file miners expressed satisfaction with every aspect of mediation, and a preference for mediation over arbitration as a means of dispute resolution.
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