The baseball strike of 1994-95 Staudohar (1997) Monthly Labor Review
Walton and McKersie (A Behavioral Theory of Negotiations) approach to analyzing the baseball strike • Subcomponents of bargaining • Distributive • Allocation of baseball revenues • Integrative • Exploration of mutual gains through cooperation • Attitudinal structuring • Behavioral atmosphere around the bargaining table • Intra-organizational bargaining • Accommodating interests of constituencies
Distributive and Integrative Bargaining • Revenues are $billions • A lot to fight over, visible through media • Tradition has given players and owners a lot of practice with win-loss bargaining. • Not much to say about win-win solution seeking in baseball negotiations. • Though creative thinking is likely critical to making negotiations successful
Attitudes and intra-organizational issues • Lead negotiators for owners and players have been extremely conflictual and adversarial • Lack of trust is a problem also • Face-saving not valued • Owners seem less cohesive as a group (big/small market teams, U.S./Canadian laws) • Players diverse also, but seem to have managed intra-organizational bargaining better
Other issues • Timing of strike by players….strategic. • Clinton intervention is curious • (he chose not to intervene in a critical NorthWest Airlines strike later in his presidency) • What about current Baseball Labor issues?