2015-16 Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution

Labor and Employment Arbitration Today: A Midlife Crisis or New Golden Age?

Theodore St. Antoine

April 5, 2016 at 12:10 p.m. | Saxbe Auditorium 

About Theodore St. Antoine

better tsaTheodore J. St. Antoine is the James E. & Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Michigan. Prof. St. Antoine has been a labor arbitrator for about 40 years and was president of the National Academy of Arbitrators in 1999-2000. He was also a member of the board of directors and the executive committee of the American Arbitration Association. He is a past secretary and council member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and a past chair of the Michigan Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section. For 35 years he was a member of the UAW’s Public Review Board, including eight years as its chair. He was the initial chair of the UAW-GM Legal Services Plan and is a past member and chair of the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board.

Professor St. Antoine will leverage decades of academic and practice experience to discuss the current state of labor and employment arbitration.  In recent years, there has been greater focus on employment arbitration rather than traditional labor arbitration because of the sharp decline in union membership and the increased use of so-called mandatory arbitration by nonunion employers.  To get or keep a job, employees must adhere to mandatory arbitration agreements, waiving access to the courts—even for statutory claims.  Professor St. Antoine’s presentation will address the pros and cons of these arrangements and their evolving legal regulation, and suggest best practices to maintain the substantive claims of employees and the due process rights of all parties.

Prof. St. Antoine is co-editor of a leading labor law casebook, now in its 12th edition, and editor of the National Academy of Arbitrators’ The Common Law of the Workplace: The Views of Arbitrators. He has been a visiting professor at Cambridge, Duke, George Washington, Illinois and Tokyo universities, and has taught at the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies. In April 2010, he received the George W. Taylor Award from the American Arbitration Association for his contributions to industrial peacekeeping and the collective bargaining process.

About the Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution

The Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution was established in 1992 as a result of the generosity of the late Stanley Schwartz Jr. (a 1947 Moritz College of Law graduate) and the Schwartz family. Each lecture is published in the interdisciplinary Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, in keeping with Mr. Schwartz’s interest in the promotion of scholarly publication in the area of dispute resolution.

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