Elkouri & Elkouri: How Arbitration Works, Seventh Edition

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This essential reference for labor relations practitioners covers issues including: retiree health insurance, employer intellectual property protections, union recognition, and more. References include citations to hundreds of arbitration awards and judicial decisions. It includes tables of: all discussed or cited arbitration awards, statutory authorities, and arbitrators.


Relied on by practitioners for more than 60 years 

 Long considered by labor law and dispute resolution professionals to be the standard text on labor arbitration, Elkouri & Elkouri: How Arbitration Works is the most comprehensive and authoritative treatise available on this subject. The reference of first resort, it has been utilized and cited by advocates, arbitrators, and judges more than any other arbitration book published.

The new Seventh Edition provides additional analysis that enhances the usefulness of the volume and incorporates major points of interest to labor relations practitioners. In-depth coverage of critical topics includes:
  • Arbitrators' consideration of external law in labor arbitration
  • Legislation and litigation developing standards for evidentiary privilege as it relates to union shop stewards
  • Arbitrators' views on threats and violence
  • Reconsideration of the continued viability of the plain meaning rule
  • New case law on the unauthorized practice of law as it relates to labor arbitration
  • Revision of the discussion of state and local government arbitration and interest arbitration in light of recent changes in state law
Elkouri & Elkouri: How Arbitration Works offers reference materials that enhance the usefulness of the volume. A table of all arbitration awards discussed in text or cited in footnotes has been included, along with a table of arbitrators that can be used to research references to a particular arbitrator cited in the book. A table of statutory authorities also has been provided. Topics in the chapters are identified by Bloomberg BNA's Labor Arbitration Reports (LA) classification numbers, making it easier to do additional research in that reference service. The table of cases includes not only court cases but administrative cases as well. There also is a comprehensive index.
The treatise provides citations to hundreds of recent arbitration awards as well as references to important judicial decisions, academic and professional commentary, administrative agency regulations and opinions, and federal and state legislation. No labor relations specialist, union representative, labor law attorney, professor, or arbitrator should be without it.

Supplement Information  

The new 2014 Supplement includes the following:

  • A new section on social media
  • A new section on sports arbitration
  • Extension of discussion of First Amendment issues in the public sector beyond freedom of speech to other issues such as freedom of religion
  • Discussion of proposed changes to NLRB policy on deferral to arbitration
  • Discussion of security at hearings


2012/1,896 pp. Hardcover/ISBN 9781617460944/ABAWEB2094 



Kenneth May, Editor-in-Chief; Patrick M. Sanders and Michelle T. Sullivan, Associate Editors; Committee on ADR in Labor and Employment LawABA Section of Labor and Employment Law