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MG 420 Labor Relations
Boofter, James E.


Mission Statement: 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.

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CourseMG 420 Labor Relations BL
SemesterU1B2005
FacultyBoofter, James E.
Daytime Phone(915) 562-6661
E-Mailjames.boofter@park.edu
Semester DatesMay 23-Jul 16, 2005
Class Days-M/W + SAT
Class Time5:00 - 7:30 PM M/W; 8-1 PM SAT
PerquisitesNone
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Student Text Not Required

Additional Resources:
VI. Supplemental  Resource Materials List (NOT   REQUIRED BY STUDENT):  
          Labor Relations Law, 5th ed., Taylor/Witney, PH
          Labor-Management Relations, 5th ed., Daniel Q. Mills


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:
A.  Contemporary Labor-Management Relations:
Describe the industrial relations system, how it operates, rules that govern, and the distinguishing characteristics of the American system.

B.  History and Philosophy of American Unionism:
Presents an overview of craft, trade, and industrial unions, their development and political activities.

C.  Membership and structure in the American labor movement:
Describes fluctuations in membership, structure, administration, and the functions of both national and local organizations.

D.  Statutory and Judicial Regulation of Labor Relations:
Familiarizes the student with legislation that has helped to shape present-day labor-management relations.

E.  NLRB and Union Organization:
Explains the organization and structure of the NLRB, its functions and authority:
Unfair Labor Practices.  Defines unfair labor practices on the part of both the employer and the union and discusses the increasing incidence of such.

F.  Labor-Management Relations in the Public Sector:
Describes collective bargaining in the public sector, legislation that prohibits strikes, and methods of settling labor-management disputes.






G.  Grievance and Arbitration Processes.

H.  The Collective Bargaining Process:
Explains the process of negotiations; management and union preparations for  negotiation; strikes and dispute settlements; grievance and grievance arbitration procedure.
     Subjects of Collective Bargaining:
Delineates subjects that must be negotiated, those that may or may not be negotiated; how both management and unions arrive at a dollar value of demands; rights of both parties.

Course Assessment:
Grading Policies:

Exam 1……………………………..…..35%
Exam 2…………………………………30%
Collective Bargaining Exercise…          35%

Note: These requirements will be explained in detail in class.

Letter grades for the course will be computed as follows:

A…………………90+%
B…………………80-89%
C…………………70-79%
D…………………60-69%
F………………….Below 60%


Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Absences:  Absences must be reported to the instructor in order to be ‘excused'.  Two unexcused absences are grounds for dismissal from the course.

Academic Honesty & Classroom Discipline:  This is expected of each student.  Behavior to the contrary will result in an immediate ‘F' for the course

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 Class Meeting and Examination Schedule

Activities:

Week 1 Introduction to Course; Discuss Objective A

Week 2 Discuss Objectives B & C
Assign Collective Bargaining Teams

Week 3 Discuss Objective D; Mid-term Exam review
Collective Bargaining Teams meet
Mid-term Exam (Objectives A-D)

Week 4 Discuss Mid-term Exam
Discuss Objective E, F;
       Collective Bargaining Teams meet

Week 5 Discuss Objectives G, H
Final Exam review

Week 6 Final Exam (Objectives E, F, G, H) Collective Bargaining Exercise

Week 7 Collective Bargaining Exercise

Week 8  Collective Bargaining Exercise
Course Conclusion

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

Plagiarism:
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. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
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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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100

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. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 learners 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:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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