Interest Arbitration

Interest arbitration is a procedure whereby a neutral party decides what terms should be included in the collective bargaining agreement when the parties cannot resolve the agreement in negotiations. The practice began in the public sector where strikes are generally prohibited by law. Today, the process has been extended to many private sector relationships.

Lawyers in the firm have extensive experience conducting interest arbitrations, and in advising clients in developing offers to be presented in arbitration. These arbitrations routinely require mastery of complex economic, financial and accounting issues and the preparation of highly technical testimony by expert witnesses. Our work in this area regularly involves both the private sector, including in particular the airline, steel and aluminum industries, and the public sector, including the Postal Service and local police and fire departments.