Duquesne Law Review


On July 23, 1970 the Pennsylvania Public Employe Relations Act, popularly known as Act 195, was signed into law, thus supposedly ushering into existence an age of enlightenment in the field of public sector bargaining in Pennsylvania. However, the first major test of the new law, which came during the contract negotiations between the Pittsburgh School Board and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, seemed to indicate that the stated purpose of the Act, "to promote orderly and constructive relationships between all public employers and their employes," was left singularly unfulfilled. It is the aim of this comment to ascertain the reasons for that failure, and to recommend corrective measures to avert a similar breakdown of the bargaining process in the future.

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