This course explores the history of contract-based unionism, examining strategies and practices of contract administration as well as alternative approaches to traditional methodologies. In the course of this examination, students will analyze the role of union leaders, stewards, and members in dealing with the union contract. The course will also examine the theory behind contractual dispute resolution mechanisms, focusing on the role played by union stewards and first line-supervisors in these processes. In addition to readings, students will engage in mock sessions, designed to familiarize them with the range of issues and practices central to grievance and arbitration procedures. Students will also examine the distinction between contract violations and grievances that can be adjudicated outside the contractual dispute-resolution process.