Fashioning a New Social Contract for the American Workplace

  • Kenneth Chilton
  • Murray Weidenbaum


In a speech to a national labor-management conference sponsored by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service on June 8, 1994, then-House of Representatives Majority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) offered his “inside-the-beltway” view of the changing workplace. A few excerpts show that even those removed from the actual battleground of the private sector see that the workplace is changing dramatically:

We gather today at a time of growing uncertainty and anxiety in the American workplace.

The fact is our economy is changing in profound and permanent ways. We can’t protect ourselves from those changes. But we can prepare for them.... [W]e can define a new compact—a set of shaitd principles for management and labor....


Procedural Justice Social Contract Collective Bargaining Employment Security Employee Expectation 
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  • Kenneth Chilton
  • Murray Weidenbaum

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