Saturday, May 21, 2011

HNMCP project on collective bargaining in Nantucket receives local attention as the the project report is released on the heels of a Town Meeting in which contract agreements with seven local labor unions were ratified by voters.

Nantucket - Ken James EmilieOn the heels of a Town Meeting in which contract agreements with seven local labor unions were ratified by voters, the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program earlier this month released its final report on Nantucket’s collective bargaining process.

A series of recommendations, including deconsolidating negotiations with labor unions, reevaluating the use of attorneys in the process, and conducting a cost-of-living assessment for the island were all put forward in the Harvard study, which was conducted by three of its law school students.

The Harvard NMCP was approached jointly by Nantucket unions and the town administration in 2010 seeking to improve their relationship and the process of collective bargaining. The students assessed the identities and interests of the various stakeholders, including union leaders, town administration and its negotiators, as well as the Board of Selectmen.

To read the full article in the Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror, please click here.