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Donald S. McPherson

  • Donald McPherson

    University Professor and Professor Emeritus Employment and Labor Relations



    Ph.D. Labor History, University of Pittsburgh (1977)
    M.A. History, IUP (1971)
    B.A. Political Science, IUP (1969)

    Interest Areas:

    Contract Administration and Grievance Resolution, Arbitration, Employment Discrimination, Labor History, Employment Law, Labor Relations in Education, Conflict Resolution, Creative Problem Solving, Organizational Development.

    Professional Activities:

    Labor and Employment Arbitration, Mediation, Conciliation, Fact-finding.

    Professional Memberships:

    National Academy of Arbitrators
    Association for Conflict Resolution (formerly SPIDR)
    Pennsylvania Council of Mediators
    Labor And Employment Relations Association (formerly IRRA)
    LERA, Western Pennsylvania Chapter 
    Selected Publications:

    • McPherson, Donald S. and David A. Morand, "Reframing the Grievance Procedure as Interest-Based Negotiation," (poster session summary), Industrial Relations Research Association Series: Proceedings of the 47th Annual Meeting (January, 1995), 445-446.
    • McPherson, Donald S. and Burt R. Metzger, "'Last Chance' Discharges at Arbitration: Emergent Standards of Judicial Review," Industrial Relations Research Association Series: Proceedings of the 46th Annual Meeting (January, 1994), 315-323.
    • McPherson, Donald S., "Interest-Based Negotiation: Applications to Grievance Resolution," Work Place Topics, 2 (July, 1992), 78-101.
    • Quinn, Thomas J., Mark Rosenbaum and Donald S. McPherson, "Grievance Mediation and Grievance Negotiation Skills: Building Collaborative Relationships," Labor Law Journal, 41 (November, 1990), 762-772.
    • McPherson, Donald S., "The Evolving Concept of Just Cause: Carroll R. Daugherty and the Requirement of Disciplinary Due Process," Labor Law Journal, 38 (July, 1987), 387-403.
    • McPherson, Donald S., Conrad J. Gates and Kevin N. Rogers. Resolving Grievances: A Practical Approach. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Reston/Prentice-Hall, 1983.
    • McPherson, Donald S., Conrad J. Gates, Robert K. Allen and Douglas Smith. Instructor's Manual for Resolving Grievances. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Reston/Prentice-Hall, 1983.
    • Morand, Martin J. and Donald S. McPherson, "Union Leader Responses to California's Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance Program," Bureau of National Affairs, Daily Labor Report, 102 (May 28, 1981), D1-D10.
    • Morand, Martin J. and Donald S. McPherson, "Unionism's Effect on Faculty Pay: Handicapping the Data," Monthly Labor Review, 103 (June, 1980), 34-36.
    • McPherson, Donald S., "Contract Administration: The Process of Resolving Grievances," in Paul E. Hoffner, Robert L. Gaylor and Kathleen A. Rohaly, eds., Practical Labor Relations (Washington, DC: University Press of America, 1980), 79-114.