MG420 Labor Relations

for F1T 2006

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MG 420 Labor Relations


F1T 2006 DLB


Bates, Robbin L.


Adjunct Faculty


BS Business Management
Associates Education and Training Manangement/Avionics Technology

Office Hours

5 PM - 10 PM (Central Standard Time)

Daytime Phone


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Semester Dates

August 21, 2006 - October 15, 2006

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


Text: Labor Relations: Striking a Balance, 1st Edition, John W. Budd, University of Minnesota---Minneapolis Hardcover, 568 pages; ©2005, ISBN 0072842210

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Additional Resources:
Course Home - Usefull Links       Help        Welcome to Usefull Links!  Here is where you can get some links to information that can make the completion of this course a little easier.  And now the links: The National Labor Relations Board NLRB Home Page This is the home web site of the NLRB.  It provides all kinds of information on how it accomplishes it mission as the federal agency responsible for industrial relations.  Links include case summaries, regulations, press releases and other pertinent information. This is a web site called, specializing in providing information on employment law  They have a section on the NLRB and the ramifications of its decisions, as well as press releases providing the latest updates on regulations and case law. Infoplease Encyclopedia Here is the entry for the NLRB in the Infoplease Encyclopedia.  It provides a brief history plus links for some of the latest headlines concerning their decisions Unions on the Web Screen Actors Guild How would you like to do the taxes of Tom Cruise or Morgan Freeman?  All you have to be is VITA volunteer for the Screen Actors Guild! :-)  Sometimes when entertainment news programs talk about what goes on in Hollywood, they mention something called the Screen Actors Guild.  Here is a link that defines who they are and what they stand for. United Auto Workers The infamous home of the Teamsters. ;-)  But they are more than that- check them out!  A union that has the ability to successfully lobby Congress is a force to be reckoned with. AFL-CIO The home of the merged American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).  This site also has links to its affiliated unions. UFW This is the home of the United Farm Workers.  They were founded by Cesar Chavez to improve the working conditions of those who help feed America. UAN This web site is the home of the United American Nurses, boasting a membership of 100,000 RN's nationwide.  The healthcare industry industry is one of the largest opportunities for union growth - a sign of our times.

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Course Description:
Consideration of the development, legal environment, and current problems of the industrial relations system.  Emphasis is placed upon the historical evolution of both the union movement and the legislative system that shapes its activities.  3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain various perspectives of collective bargaining theories.
  2. Discuss the historical and future trends toward labor and management conflict resolution.
  3. Evaluate how labor relations theories can be applied to workplace practices including the students own work environment.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1. Explain various perspectives of collective bargaining theories.
  2. 2. Discuss the historical and future trends toward labor and management conflict resolution.
  3. 3. Evaluate how labor relations theories can be applied to workplace practices including the students own work environment.
Core Assessment:

No later than week 14 of a 16 week class or week 7 of an 8 week class the student is to have prepared and submitted supported answers to 8 comprehensive questions in the research assignment.

Class Assessment:

Class Assessment:

The comprehensive final is not a take-home tests.  The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam.  For all online courses, the student must pass the final exam with 60% or better to pass the course.

Participation, quizzes, research project and final examination Grading: Grading Methodology; Your Final Grade is based on a 100 point/percentage point system.  Your final grade is computed as a final numeric grade (e.g. 90%) and then converted to a Final Letter Grade as follows:  

An accumulated 90-100 points will result in a final letter grade of an "A". 

An accumulated 80-89 points will result in a final letter grade of a "B".

An accumulated 70-79 points will result in a final letter grade of a "C".

An accumulated 60-69 points will result in a final letter grade of a "D".

Less than an accumulated 59 points will result in a final letter grade of an "F".

Your Final Grade is made up of an accumulation of the following:

Class Participation = 25%

Weekly Quizzes= 25%

Research Assignment = 25%

Final Exam =25 %

Class Participation (CP) which includes timely (to be completed not later than midnight MST on Sunday of each week) and appropriate conference thread postings account for 25% of your overall final grade for the course.  Conference thread postings normally include a reply each week to at least one discussion question posed by the instructor in the Discussion Questions thread in the Discussion area.  You will also be required to post your own Lessons Learned (LL) each week in the Lessons Learned thread in the Discussion area.  

Lastly, you will be required to post at least one Peer Review (PR) to a classmate's DQ or LL posting each week.  You will have the opportunity to accrue 3 points for each timely and appropriate DQ posting you offer each week, 2 points for each timely and appropriate DQ posting you offer each week, and up to 2 points for each timely and appropriate PR posting you offer each week.  There is no DQ posting required for week 8, but there is a cumulative LL posting worth up to 3 points for that week.  A PR posting is required in either week 7 or in week 8 – your choice.  By the end of the course you can accumulate up to 50 class participation points.  Those 50 points make up 25% of your final grade.   Conference thread posting grading rubric: Discussion Question (3 points possible) 1. Did the student response indicate that he/she followed the instructor's directions (e.g. started with the phrase "discussion question response" and included the instructor's original question restated in the student response)? 2. Was the student response indicative of an "informed" response (e.g. it was clear that the student had prepared for the class through completion of assigned text and other readings, a review of the instructor's weekly lecture, and possibly some outside research performed by the student)? 3. Did the student response reflect 400-level work (clearly expressed, spelling, grammar, appropriateness)? Peer Review: (2 points possible) 1. Did the student response indicate that he/she followed the instructor's directions (e.g. started with the phrase "Peer Review" to clearly indicate to all that the posting was a peer review and not a DQ or LL posting)? 2. Did the student response reflect 400-level work (clearly expressed, spelling, grammar, appropriateness)? Lessons Learned:  (2 points possible) 1. Did the student response indicate that he/she followed the instructor's directions (e.g. started with the phrase "Lessons Learned")? 2. Did the student response reflect 400-level work (clearly expressed, spelling, grammar, appropriateness)? For the most part, I do not believe in absolutes (there are always exceptions), but generally speaking, if I do not see a posting or I do not hear from you, then I assume that you have made the decision to dismiss your opportunity to receive credit. NOTE: Do not post anything in the conference area past the aforementioned deadlines. If you have not made your posting in time to meet the deadline, then your opportunity to receive credit for that posting is lost and gone forever. There is no way to make up those points. It is like taking a 'traditional class' on (for example) a Monday and Wednesday night where the class meets from 7:30PM 'till 10PM. If you show up to class at 11:30PM (regardless of the reason) you still missed that class. We can't say that you were present, when, in fact you were not. My advice? Never wait 'till Sunday night to attempt to make your conference thread posting :-) There will be times when one or more of you will have to deal with scheduled and unscheduled absences (vacation, leave, babies, TDY, TAD, etc.). Please do not keep me guessing. If you are going to be absent, and you know in advance, prepare early and let me know about it by private Email. If you have an emergency - deal with the emergency! Then, when all is well, let me know about it and we'll work together to get you caught up. You should know that if I do not hear from a student for two weeks, I am obligated (I have no choice) to report the absence to main campus who then has to consider academic withdrawal from the course. You will be required to take a Weekly Quiz (WQ) online each week (to be completed not later than midnight MST on Sunday of each week) in weeks 1 – 7.  There are 7 weekly quizzes. Each WQ is worth 10 points for a total of a possible 70 points.  Those 70 points make up 25% of your final grade.  You will also be directed, and have the option to take a Practice Quiz each week in order to assist you as a self-check in preparation for the weekly quiz.  Practice quizzes receive no credit and participation in the practice quiz is purely voluntary. Weekly quizzes are graded automatically by the ECollege platform and the results/grade of your quiz is made immediately available to you at the competition of the quiz.  Your weekly quiz grade will also be posted for your review each week in the Grade book. A Research Assignment (RA) will be posted in the course Doc Sharing area at the beginning of the course and is due in Week 6. The RA is worth 25% of your final grade. You may complete and upload your completed RA offering to the Week 7 – Research Assignment basket provided by the instructor in the course drop box at any time, but in order to receive any credit whatsoever, your RA offering must be uploaded to the drop box not later than midnight MST on Sunday of week 6.  Your grade for your RA will be provided to you by the instructor in a reply to your drop box offering and also in the course grade book. You will take a proctored, cumulative Final Exam sometime between Monday and Friday of week 8.  The final exam is closed-book, closed-notes and will account for 25% of your final grade.  Failure to take the final exam will result in a automatic "F" as the student's final grade.

Course Grading Scale A = 90- 100% B = 80-89% C = 70-79% D = 60-69% F = < 60% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Proctored final examination/Project - If the course requires a proctored final, the information below should be included.  If the course is a graduate course and doesn't require a proctored final, the developer should include a detailed description of the projects activities, requirements, and due dates. A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th  week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.   Other Information on proctored exams: It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.   Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.   A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.   Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will be accepted at the instructor's discretion.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Course-Specific Policies: All students are expected to follow the rules for acceptable conduct and good manners.  Any student, who does not adhere to these guidelines will be excused from class and reported to the proper authorities. I will check my Office and e-mail daily after 10:00 p.m. (CST or CDST). Expect a response from me within 24 hours.   All assignments are to be completed on time and submitted to the correct course dropbox.  Special instructions regarding Excel and Access SimNet assignments will be given at the beginning of the week the assignment is due.  Late work will receive credit at the discretion of the instructor.  All computer assignments should be clearly marked with the student's name.  Word and Excel assignments should have a footer with the student's name, date and time completed, and page number.  Work received without identification cannot receive credit. Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification. Online Course Policies

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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