Law Quadrangle (formerly Law Quad Notes)


Delivered before the Second Annual Collective Bargaining Forum in New York City, May 1970, by Professor Theodore J. St. Antoine.

The major development in labor relations legislation during the past decade was the veritable eruption across the country of state statutes providing for the unionization of public employees. Wisconsin led the way in 1959 by imposing the duty to bargain on municipal employers. Ten years later, by my count, 2 states had passed laws authorizing some form of collective bargaining for either state or local employees, or both. An additional 10 or so states have prescribed bargaining procedures for certain specified categories of employees, such as firemen, policemen, teachers, or public transit workers. All told, over two and a half million state and local public service employees, better than a fourth of the total, are now organized.