COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: MG 420
COURSE DESCRIPTOR: SS
COURSE TITLE: LABOR RELATIONS
SEMESTER/TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: Fall I 2005/F1OO05
NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Matthew A. Richards
TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Adjunct Faculty Member
FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: Monday thru Sunday: 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER:Office: (573) 596-0131 x36327 Home: (573) 759-2938
FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS:
OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
DATES OF THE SEMESTER/TERM: 15 Aug -9 Oct 05
CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Thursday
CLASS SESSION TIME: 5:00pm-10:20pm
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.
Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Consideration of the development, legal environment, and current problems of the industrial relations system. Emphasis is placed upon historical evolution of both the union movement and the legislative system that shapes its activities.
FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I’ll remember, involve me and I’ll understand. The instructor will engage each student in classroom discussion via lecture, individual and group case study work, and practical exercises. This will require students to prepare written responses and brief the entire class on their findings. These requirements will provide the student with real world experience in problem solving, decision-making, public speaking, and written communications all of which are major challenges in the business arena.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the completion of this course, students should have a basic understanding of the processes used by unions and employers to achieve their goals and accommodate each other in the area of labor relations. Specifically, students should be able to:
Explain various perspectives of collective bargaining theories.
Discuss the historical and future trends toward labor and management conflict resolution.
Explain how labor relations theories can be applied to workplace practices including the students own work environment.
COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): Fossum, J. (2006). Labor Relations (9th ed.). New York, NY: Irwin/McGraw-Hill Publishers. ISBN: 0-07-248349-0.
ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”
PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”
ATTENDANCE POLICY: The student is expected to be at each class meeting and on time. Classes missed for legitimate reasons (TDY, illness) will be excused but the student is responsible to make up the work. The student must contact the instructor or the Park University – FTLW office prior to missing a class. If the office is closed, please leave a detailed message on the answering machine or call the instructor at his office or home. Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
COURSE ASSESSMENT: The course will consist of the following assessment tools. Maximum student participation is required.
A. Mid-Term Examination. (Due Week 5)
B. Participation (classroom discussion, mock negotiating exercise)
C. Research paper. (Due Week 8).
D. Individual presentation of research paper. (Due Week 8).
E. Final Examination. (Due Week 8)
CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: Although healthy debate is encouraged, students must respect others opinions by allowing everyone to speak without interruption. Students are encouraged to ask questions and expected to participate in discussions and group exercises. Class breaks will be taken as directed by the instructor, however, students may excuse themselves at anytime between for legitimate purposes such as using the restroom.
LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: Students are expected to read weekly text assignments (prior to class), participate in class activities/discussions, prepare and present a research paper, and turn-in a mid-term and final examination. Research papers, exams, and presentations turned in or presented late will have 2 points deducted from the total score for each late submission. These deductions are established to motivate students to turn-in coursework on time and in fairness to those students who do turn-in all coursework on time and attend every class.
DISABILITY GUIDELINES: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: www.park.edu/disability.
WEEK DATE SUBJECT ASSIGNMENT
Week 1/18 Aug Introduction Chapter 1
The Evolution of American Labor Chapter 2
Labor Law and Federal Agencies Chapter 3
Week 2/25 Aug Union Structure and Government Chapter 4
Unions: Member and Leader Attitudes
Behaviors and Political Activities Chapter 5
Week 3/1 Sep Union Organizing Campaigns Chapter 6
Union Avoidance: Rationale, Strategies Chapter 7
Week 4/8 Sep The Environment Per Bargaining Chapter 8
Wage and Benefit Issues in Bargaining Chapter 9
Mid-Term Examination- Take Home Chapters 1-8
Week 5/15 Sep Non-Wage Issues in Bargaining Chapter 10
Contract Negotiations Chapter 11
Week 6/22 Sep Impasses and their Resolution Chapter 12
Grievance Arbitration Chapter 15
Week 7/29 Sep Negotiation Exercise
Final Examination- Take Home Chapters 9-12,15
Week 8/6 Oct Final Examination Due
Research Papers Due
Grades will be based on the following:
Participation/Discussion 5% or 5 points
Research Paper 10% or 10 points
Oral Presentation 5% or 5 points
Mid Term Examination 40% or 40 points
TOTAL 100% or 100 points
F Below 60%