Can collective bargaining and the merit system co-exist in public employment? Many writers in the field think that concepts of merit must give way to seniority in government service, as it has in the private sector. The authors believe that view is incorrect. Indeed, by pressing for equity, and an end to patronage, unions may even be contributing to the strengthening of the merit system.
Horton, Raymond, and David Lewin. "The Impact of Collective Bargaining on the Merit System in Government." Dispute Resolution Journal 30, no. 3 (September 1975): 199-211.
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