What are the key issues of the case

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Assignment 1

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How to Read a Collective Agreement: The Logic of Interpretation

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Weight:
 30% of your total grade

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Length:
 600-700 words

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Due:
 after you have finished Unit 2

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Instructions:
 Choose one of the three cases presented below and write 600-700 word answers to each of these two questions:

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Case 1

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Case 2

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Case 3

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1.   

What are the key issues of the case?

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2.   

On the basis of this information, if you were the arbitrator, explain how you would rule and why.

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About Assignment 1

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1.   

Arbitrators routinely use the following method of interpreting contract clauses:

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a.    

The arbitrator construes contract clauses as purposive instruments designed to accomplish some specific objective.

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b.   

The arbitrator “plumbs for the purpose or objective” of the disputed clause. In so doing, s/he invokes a conception of “good” IR.

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c.    

The arbitrator derives principles and obligations that are essential to the realization of this purpose or objective.

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d.   

On this basis, the arbitrator deduces the meaning of the disputed clause. The meaning of the clause is derived from the purpose it is assumed to serve.

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This is a process of deduction, from premise (purpose) to conclusion (meaning). This is the “inner logic” of the collective agreement. The purpose of this assignment is to increase your understanding of this method of contract interpretation.

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2.   

It is not necessary to your success with this assignment to  reach the same conclusion as the actual arbitrator. Arbitrators differ in their interpretation of collective agreements, even in similar cases. Instead, you should demonstrate your ability to detect the key issues and to develop and present a clear line of argument, from premise (the imputed purpose of the disputed clauses) to conclusion (their imputed meaning).

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3.   

Be sure that you identify the case you are analyzing in the title of your paper.

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4.   

Provide clear references to the source of any information that you quote directly or paraphrase, including material you find in the Study Guide. Any commonly used format of academic citation is acceptable, including MLA and APA style.

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5.   

Information about interpretations of and penalties for plagiarism and academic misconduct is given in the Athabasca University Calendar.

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6.   

Contact your tutor if you have any questions about this assignment or if you need to know how to properly cite material you are paraphrasing or directly quoting.