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Labor-Management Cooperation

As local governments nationwide struggle with demands for quality service delivery and fiscal constraints, they are employing a number of strategies. While these include privatization and intermunicipal cooperation, another technique that can lead to greater efficiency and cost savings is labor-management cooperation. The following background articles and special report examine some of the critical issues surrounding effective implementation of cooperative labor-management practices.

Aspiring to Excellence: Comparative Case Studies of Public Sector Labor-Management Cooperation in New York State


Tools for Cooperation:

  • Labor-Management Committees
  • Mutual-Gains Bargaining
  • Total Quality Management

Case Studies of Three New York State Counties:

Background: New York State Civil Service Law