In exploring the diffusion of the principles of distributive or interest-based bargaining in modern labor relations, Sally Klingel writes, “Increased attention to the costs of poor labor-management relations also prompted interest in IBB. From 1989 to 1992, California’s Public Employees Relations Board launched a large scale experiment to test the ability of training in IBB and labor-management relationship improvement skills to lower the occurrence of disputes requiring intervention. The results were encouraging enough that the state began a new service to offer IBB training and assistance (Chisholm and Tamm 1993). Other states later followed suit.”
This large scale experiment was launched by none other than our own Steve Barber when he was at PERB.
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