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Stalemate - A Police Collective Bargaining Game

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53 pages
This manual presents background information, playing rules, and materials for the simulation game of Stalemate, designed to introduce the player to collective bargaining in the public sector by allowing individuals to take part in the negotiation of a contract between municipality and an organization representing the police department.
Players are instructed to read background information (e.g., the newspaper, a demographic essay, data on police and police contracts, etc.) on the fictional town of Meierville and to select a role to play during the simulation game. The five types of roles include elected official roles, administrative roles, union roles, mediator and arbitrator roles, and special interest group roles. Game rules briefly discuss victory conditions, role analysis, strategy, and the sequence of play. Documents necessary to the play are provided, including the existing collective bargaining agreement, the previous year's budget, and applicable State statutes. Special forms for play include the player selection preferences, the role analysis worksheet, the bargaining worksheet and budget proposal, and the press release.