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accurate and compiled from available published data sources. Each of three
major data files created is briefly discussed.

Impasse Data

We collected information on the number of cases for all police, fire,
and teacher units that went to impasse (mediation, fact finding, and, after
July 1, 1974, arbitration) for the years 1972-77, from the dockets and
files of the Board of Conciliation and Arbitration. The information was
generally complete with the following problem areas: 1) it was difficult
to trace cases that were active when the fiscal year was switched from the
calender year to one beginning July 1; 2) following cases that were
active when the final offer provision was added, presented a problem since
a new case numbering system was introduced. Both issues were checked
thoroughly with staff members at the Board and they concurred with the
decision rules we adopted.



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Police and Fire Contract Data

Firefighter contract information came from: 1) files at Professional
Fire Fighters of Massachusetts; 2) Massachusetts League of Cities and
Towns - Fire Wage, Hour, and Fringe Benefit Survey (1974, 75, 76, and
supplements); files at Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission for con-
tract information after July 1, 1974; files at Holtz and Drachman (Boston
law firm). Police contract information was collected from: 1) Massachusetts
Police Association - Schedule of Compensation and Other Benefits (1972-1976);
Massachusetts League of Cities and Towns - Police Wage, Hour and Fringe
Benefit Survey (1974-76 and supplements); files at Massachusetts Labor
Relations Commission for information after July 1, 1974; files at Holtz
and Drachman (Boston law firm).

In general information for 1975, 1976 and 1977 was available from
most sources. By combining the information obtained from each source we
were able to assemble a total sample that varied from year to year and by
type of employee, but at the maximum numbered about 150. Information for
1973 and 1974, however, was less comprehensive.

Our major problem was trying to identify the precise contract period.
By comparing different sources we were able, in most cases, to determine
the year for which the contract applied. If we could not precisely deter-
mine the contract period we excluded the case.

Environment and Economic Variables

Fiscal infonnation came from ehe following sources: Massachusetts taxpayers
Foundation - Municipal Financial Data (1976 6e 1977) and files at the Bureau
of Local Taxation for 1970.



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Demographic information came from 1970 Census of Population, Vol. 1,
Characteristics of the Population of Massachusetts.

The only problematic data was the "full valuation" variable as the
formula for computing the figure has changes somewhat since 1974. The
recent figures tend to be more accurate than the equalized valuation
figure computed before 1974.



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