Miriam K. Mills, assistant professor of organizational science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, is an arbitrator who received her training in the first Women Arbitrators' Development Program.
The energy shortage has led to certain disruptions at the work site. While labor has come to expect a maintenance of reasonable temperature levels both in warm weather and in cold, management may have difficulty achieving and maintaining those levels.
This article considers the types of disputes that may result from energy shortages and the rising cost of fuel. The author finds that the assumption that workers may resort to self-help when they perceive a threat to their health has not been substantiated in recent arbitration cases. She concludes with suggestions for developing mechanisms to help limit future conflict.