MG420 Labor Relations

for F2J 2006

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MG 420 Labor Relations


F2J 2006 IN


Topi, Steve E.


Senior Adjunct Professor


AA: Maple Woods Community College
BBA-Mgt Park University
MBA-Mgt Rockhurst University

Office Location

Park University; Independence Campus

Office Hours

1700- 2200 at Indep. campus

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

Pager: 435-2877


Semester Dates

October thru December

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours



Labor Relations & Collective Bargaining; Cases, Practice & Law, 7th edition.

Michael Carrell & Christina Heavrin;  Prentice Hall

ISBN:  0-13-140052-5

* If the Park bookstore has the new edition (8th edition), use that one (either is fine):

ISBN:  0-13-186872-1


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Additional Resources:


Norma Rae;  For General viewing.

Hoffa:  Rated 'R' for violence and profanity.

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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

Educational Philosophy:
This Professor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web-sites and writings.  The Professor will engage each student in what is referred to as the Aristocratic Method of Teaching to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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. Define the term "Collective Bargaining."
  2. Identify the major federal laws that support collective bargaining.
  3. List four issues that are required components of a collective bargaining agreement.
  4. Describe the process of certifying and decertifying a bargaining unit.
  5. List and describe three examples of unfair labor proactices by labor and management.
  6. Describe the process of arbitration.
  7. Outline the process of implementing a collective bargaining agreement.
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:
Assessment of the Student shall be by examination, quality of presentations, writing skill in required writings and discussions in class


The final course grade will be determined using the following scale:

Class Participation: A maximum of 10 points may be awarded at the discretion of the Professor.

Mid-Term Exam:          100 pts -29% Chaps 1 thru 6
Final Exam:                 100 pts -29% Chaps 7 thru 12

Final Exam (Core Obj):  50 pts -14% *Not take-home; closed-book test (no notes).
Labor Relations Essay:  50 Pts -14%
Class Presentation        50 Pts -14%

The Following will be used to assign course letter grades:

A    350-315  
B    315-280
C    279-245
D    244-210
F    <209
F    Two or more absences

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Subject to Professors Discretion

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Attendance:  students are expected to attend all classes and be on time.  Roll will be checked each class period. Classes missed for legitimate reasons, such as illness, are excusable.  Please notify the office if you will be absent.  Because of the short nature of this semester, absence of two or more classes will result in one letter grade reduction.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

You are required to complete an analysis of the labor relations process of the company where you work, or that of your spouse or significant other works or family member by addressing the following issues. This is due no later than the 7th Class Period and is expected to be no less than 5 pages in length.

1. Review of the history and philosophy of collective bargaining activities for your employer, whether unionized or not. (ie formal or informal)
2. Describe the membership and structure of the different types of bargaining groups or units. If there are noactual unions presnet, please explain how your company could be structured by a collective bargaining agreement.
3. Are management/union (employee) relations best described as "cooperative" or "Confrontational"?
Explain your answers and give examples.

4. Is the bargaining approach centralized or decentralized? What pattern, if any is followed?

5. What influence, if any has NAFTA, GATT or CAFTA had or will have on your company? What impact has foreign competition or other foreign influence, had on bargaining units and/or other employee groups or the business?

6. How are negotiations conducted - who, when, where? Give Examples. If no union is unvolved, please describe how employment decisions are made including hiring, firing, promotions, and salary issues.

7. WHat have been some recent objectives of the management group of your firm and the bargaining units. Are there any winners or loser? Has there been any concessions by either party?

8. Has a strike or slow down ever occured? Explain the circumstances and the results.

9. Are any grievances filed and if so how are they settled? Who are the parties involved?

10. How does the future look for your company? WIll labor increase or decrease as a bargaining force?


The ability to make presentations to a group is essential for anyone in business or labor today. A course requirement is that the student present to the entire class the topics outlined below. If the Student does not work outside the home, then equate the positon and family as a small service based business.

Topics to be discussed.

1. What is the primary mission or goal of the organization?

2. What are the relations (management) cultures of the organization?

3. Is there a Labor Union or a group of individuals which have an impact to the Labor Relations process?

4. Is the Labor Relations process formal or informal with committees?

5. How has the labor relations of your business changed within the last three years and how do you think it will change in the future?





Meeting - 1,

Chapter One


Meeting - 2,

Chapters two and three

Class Presentation

Meeting - 3,

Chapters four and five

Class Presentation

Meeting - 4,

Chapters six and seven

Class Presentation

Meeting - 5,

Chapter Eight

Mid Term Examination on Chapters 1 thru 7
Class Presentation

Mid Term

Meeting - 6,

Chapters Nine and Ten

Class Presentation

Meeting - 7,

Chapters Eleven and Twelve

Class Presentation

Meeting - 8,

Class Presentation
Film - HOFFA

Final Exam
Chapters Eight thru Twelve

Film Hoffa

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 2006-2007 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.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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Additional Information:
Due to the late nature of the syllabus being submitted and change of instructors, the class is presently set up for the 7th edition.  The 8th edition is out now and if the bookstore has it in stock, use the 8th edition.  Either text is acceptable.  Thank You!


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