MG420 Labor Relations

for U1F 2006

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MG 420 Labor Relations


U1F 2006 HE


Lamberth, Donald


Senior Instructor


B.S. Liberal Arts, University of the State of New York
M.A. Management, Webster University

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

29 May – 30 July 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM



Credit Hours


Labor Relations: Striking a Balance; 1st Edition, John Budd, University of Minnesota Minneapolis Hardcover, ISBN 0072842210

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes, Money, Harvard Business Review, etc.   Also, students may find the world wide web a useful reference regarding this topic.  This area will be discussed the first day of class.

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:
The intent of this course is not to indoctrinate the student toward management of union thinking.  It is to present issues to stimulate thinking and understanding.  It is strongly suggested that the student view the movies “Hoffa”, “Norma Rae”, and “North Country”.  The movies provide an understanding of how unions got started and the issues that inspired the evolution.

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.

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:
The assigned readings and other homework will be completed prior to the beginning of each class.  Lectures will incorporate assigned readings but will not serve to repeat the assigned readings.   Students will also prepare a typed, double-spaced, and appropriately referenced research paper on an approved labor relations topic in MLA format.  Research project to be discussed the first night of class.  Assessment of learning will be determined by using the following:

1. Mid-term and Final Exams: In addition to the assigned readings and homework assignments, students will be required to successfully complete the mid-term and final examinations.  
2. Research Project and Presentations: A topic is to be chosen, research material  gathered, and a paper formulated. Research material should be information gathered from, but not limited to, academic journals. Popular magazines should not be included. A minimum of 3 academic references must be used and cited. Select a topic that is related to Labor Relations. Use your book as a reference to choose an appropriate topic. Your topic must be approved by the instructor.

The body of the paper should be 6-8 pages in length. Direct quotes in any format are not allowed. You must use APA 5th edition or the current version of MLA for your formatting. Margins should be 1" and the entire paper should be double-spaced. You should use the first paragraph to introduce the topic to the reader and to introduce the main points of the paper. The main points of the paper will include the main topics of the research articles you have chosen. Then you will move through to analyze and summarize each of the 3 academic journal articles. Transition sentences should be used to tie one article summary into the next. A final concluding paragraph should be included at the end. You should avoid personal pronouns in writing. Also, you should not site someone that the author of the article you are reading cited, unless you read that source personally. The paper is due both electronically and in paper by the due date. Electronic papers will be submitted to a plagiarism tool.
The paper will be graded to include: grammar, flow of thought, transitions, content, and format. Other factors may be considered in the grading of this paper. If you have any questions while completing this assignment, it is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor to have the question answered. A minimum of three academic reference sources, in addition to the text, should be utilized. Students will present their paper to the class. Guidelines: APA or MLA format, 6-8 pages of body text, 1" margins, double space, header, title page, reference page (Grading criteria: format/references-10, grammar-10, introduction-5, transitions and flow of thought-5, conclusion-10, 3 article summaries-50, presentation-10)

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

Final Examination………..……..…...30%
Research Paper………..………….……25%
Class Participation/Homework.…15%

The following will be used to assign course letter grades:

93 – 100……….A
83 – 92….….…B
72 – 82…………C
66 – 72…………D
Below 66……….F (or three or more unexcused absences)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept late assignments. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”.   Late papers, due the eighth week, will be marked down accordingly and a final grade assigned if submitted/presented the 9th week, before the final exam.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
· Students are expected to adhere to the classroom guidelines established by the base educational facility and Park University.  These specific guidelines will be discussed during the first night of class.  
· Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade.
· Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time.
· Students are required to read all material assigned prior to class and apply the material during class discussions, activities, and exercises.
· The student is responsible for providing the instructor with justification for an excused absence, either prior to or immediately after the absence.
· Computers are now an integral part of our educational experience.
· Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines.
· Students will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.
· Students are expected to respect other students' opinions and values, even if they disagree with those opinions and values.
· There should only be one person talking at a time. Side bar conversations will not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Class Meeting Schedule Chapters Activities
Meeting - 1; May 30; Introduction and Chapters 1;   Into to Course and  Contemporary Labor Relations: Objectives, Practices and Challenges
Meeting - 2; June 6; Chapters 2 and 3; Labor Unions: Good or Bad and Labor Relations Outcomes: Individuals and the Environment
Meeting - 3; June 13; Chapters 4 and 5;       Historical Development and Labor Law
Meeting - 4; June 20; Chapters 6 and 10;       Labor and Management Strategies, Structures and Rights and Contract Clauses and Their Administration; Mid-Term Review
Meeting - 5; June 27; Chapters 7 and 8 Union Organizing, Bargaining and Mid Term Examination
Meeting - 6; July 4; Chapters 9 and 11;       Impasse, Strikes, and Dispute Resolution and Flexibility and Employee Involvement
Meeting - 7; July 11; Chapters 12 thru 14;       Globalization: Comparative Labor Relations and What Should Labor Relations Do
Meeting - 8; July 18; Presentation, Final Review and Research Paper
Meeting - 9; July 25; Final Examination and Course Evaluation  

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 85-87

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 "WH".
  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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case 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: .


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