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11 Cal. W. L. Rev. 217 (1974-1975)
Restrictions on Shared Decision-Making Authority in American Business

handle is hein.journals/cwlr11 and id is 235 raw text is: CALIFORNIA WESTERN LAW REVIEW
VOLUME 11               WINTER 1975               NUMBER 2
Restrictions on Shared Decision-Making
Authority in American Business
JERRY W. MAEKHAM*
In recent years employee concerns over management policies
have expanded beyond traditional areas of wages, hours and terms
and conditions of employment to include the total working en-
vironment and the economic impact on employees of general cor-
porate policies.  Few   entrepreneurial decisions affecting the
operations of corporations are not of increased interest to employ-
ees. Concurrently, management has shown an increased interest
in integrating employees in aspects of decision-making, and in the
formulation of management policies, as a means of reducing in-
dustrial strife and increasing productivity.
Job enrichment has become a common concern of employees
and management, since both groups have an interest in contented,
more productive employees. Spiraling wages and other increased
costs require both management and labor to consider their joint
concern in combatting the effects of inflation on the profitability
of the company and employee welfare. Joint interests also may
extend to such factors as assuring continuity in the company's
operation so that production or other operational changes do not
occasion frequent layoffs or cause displacement of an organized
and skilled work force or require sustained and burdensome over-
time requirements. In pursuing such common interests, employ-
ees and employers may wish to use decision-making avenues other
than the traditional give-and-take relationship imposed by present
collective bargaining relationships in which decisions are reached
* Secretary and Counsel, Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc. B.S., 1969,
Western Kentucky University; J.D., 1971, University of Kentucky; LL.M., 1974,
Georgetown University; 1972-74, Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, United
States Securities and Exchange Commission.

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