Arbitration is a process for resolving disputes outside of the court system. Most labor arbitrations fall within one of two broad categories. Interest arbitration is used when the parties are unable to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Grievance arbitration is used to resolve alleged violations of the CBA.
The Bureau of Mediation Services (BMS) oversees labor relations in Minnesota—both in the public and private sectors. The BMS helps mediate collective bargaining disputes and maintains a roster of neutral arbitrators—individuals appointed based upon their knowledge and experience in labor relations, collective bargaining, and arbitration.
Full arbitration awards are available on the BMS website. While these awards are fact-specific, they can illustrate trends and may help anticipate how similar issues would be decided in the future.
Please note that the League’s arbitration-award summaries begin December 2012, so awards prior to this time can also be found on the BMS website.