Published in 1976, this book collects essays presented at the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations Founders Seminar at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, NY, on December 3, 1975. The event, sponsored by the Alumni Association of the ILR School, commemorated the School's 30th anniversary and celebrated the end of an era: all six speakers served in the ILR School's Department of Collective Bargaining, Labor Law, and Labor History, and all either had retired or were about to retire the following year. The event also served as the genesis of the ILR School's Founders Program.


Front Matter

Seminar Papers

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