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Adolph M. Koven arbitration records

 Collection
Identifier: L1989-25

Scope and Content of the Records

The records consist of Koven's office files and arbitration case files dating 1964-1989. Many of the cases pertain to wrongful termination suits as well as grievances between unions and private companies. Files may contain transcripts of the proceedings, correspondence between interested parties, written decisions, and billing and travel information. Many files relate to Koven's arbitration work with the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART), United Can Company, Northern California Homebuilders Union, California Nurses Association, the University of San Francisco, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, United Public Employees, the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers International Union, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Dates given in the finding aid are closing dates for the cases, if available. When closing dates are unavailable, hearing dates have been substituted. Some office files contain information about opinions, contracts or grievances and are grouped by subject or alphabetically.

Dates

  • 1964-1987, undated

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access to the arbitration records. Contact Special Collections to access to audiocassettes.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. This collection is stored off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.
This collection is stored off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

Biography of Adolph M. Koven

Adolph M. Koven was born on July 22, 1917. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley in 1940, returning for graduate work until 1942. He earned his L.L.B. from Southwestern University School of Law in 1953. Koven was active in labor dispute resolution from 1942, and became a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators in 1962. He was a full-time labor arbitrator and mediator from 1960, with permanent and ad hoc assignments in many industries in the private and public sectors including construction, oil, rubber, aircraft, and others.

Koven served as a permanent arbitrator of the Joint Appeals Board for several labor associations and as Chairman of the Municipal Employee Relations Panel, City and County of San Francisco. He authored numerous articles on collective bargaining and labor relations and many of his decisions were published in arbitration reporting journals. Among his notable activities, he directed the Neutrals Trained for Dispute Settlement program at the University of California at Berkeley's Institute of Industrial Relations, served as Mayor Tom Bradley's mediator in the Los Angeles city-wide bus strike in 1974, and other special assignments. Koven was the featured arbitrator in the film, Arbitration: The Truth of the Matter (1975) and the co-author (with Susan L. Smith) of Just Cause: The Seven Tests (1975) and Alcohol-Related Misconduct (1984).

Adolph M. Koven died in March 1990.

Extent

12 Linear Feet ( in 30 containers)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Adolph M. Koven (1917-1990) was an arbitration lawyer active in the San Francisco area. He co-authored Just Cause: The Seven Tests and Alcohol-Related Misconduct. The records consist of his arbitration case files, 1964-1987. Many files relate to Koven's arbitration work with the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART), United Can Company, Northern California Homebuilders Union, Stanford University and the University of San Francisco.

Off Site Storage

This collection is stored off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Adolph M. Koven, 1989.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. J. Thomas Rimer arbitration files, 1977-1987 (L1989-11)
  2. Donald P. Crane arbitration cases, 1970-1996 (L1991-17)
  3. A. R. Marshall arbitration records, 1942-1983 (L1980-07)

Processing Information

Processed by John M. Duncan, Archival Assistant, and Sydney Lanier, Graduate Student Assistant at the folder level, April 2008. The folder titles are retained from the original order, with minimal editing for clarity.
Title
Adolph M. Koven:
Subtitle
A Guide to His Arbitration Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
May 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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