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Determinants of Impasses - New York Transit Strike, 2005

Chapter 16 of Labor Relations proposes a model for describing the determinants of impasses in public sector negotiations. Apply this model to the New York City Transit negotiations and strike of December 2005. Do the following in your assignment:

-Address each of the factors listed in the model and provide a brief description of each.
-Determine which factors in the negotiations you think were the most important for the public interest.
-Analyze which factors were the most important for each of the parties: the transit workers, the management, and the union.

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1-Address each of the factors listed in the model and provides a brief description of each.

Environmental factors:

Economic context - The economic context is a crucial component of almost any bargaining agreement or grievance. In negotiations, the economic impacts (perceived or real) that both sides are bargaining for have to align to make the agreement work. This is extremely challenging as was this case in New York in 2005 where the workers and the city disagreed on the cuts proposed to their pensions, pay, and retirement age (wiki, 2011).

Political context - In order for any labor dispute to be negotiated, the political parties will be actively involved. A general rule is, the larger the disagreement the more attention it will get and that will bring more politics. As seen in the NY strike, political pressure on Mayor Bloomberg was intense and it negatively affected the Governor as well.

Legal context - Legal context would incorporate the law that is applicable to the specific contract and its employees and managers. In this case, the Taylor law prohibited strikes by unionized transit employees and that law played a key role in the financial burden felt by the union and helped end the strike sooner than later ( wiki, 2011).

Size of city -City size is proportionate to the amount of people negatively affected which in turn means that it gains much more attention if it New York City, as was the case in 2005. As a result of the 30,000 transit employees ...

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This analysis is a comprehensive review of all the Detriments of Impasses that occured in the 2005 New York Transit Strike. The paper is in APA style with all applicable references sited.