MG420 Labor Relations

for F1R 2006

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MG 420 Labor Relations SC


F1R 2006 SC


Kemp, Silas W.  (Wayne)


Senior Instructor - Adjunct Faculty


B.A. Business Administration - Management
M.A. Human Resource Development - Management

Office Location

20 Heatherwood  Collinsville, IL  62234

Office Hours

3PM -5PM, M-F

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

21AUG - 15OCT 06

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:00 PM

Credit Hours


Fossum, John A., Labor Relations - Development, Structure, Process - 9th Edition, McGraw-Hill-Irwin, ISBN 0-07-29871308 MSB Textbooks: may be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Numerous handouts from professional magazines and other resources (videos) from the instructor

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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:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on group interaction, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet research, videos, writings and in-class presentations.

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. Develop an understanding of the American industrial relations and those involved with it.
  2. Develop a general chronology of important historical benchmarks in U.S. Labor Relations.
  3. Identify union expansion, rivalry, consolidation and political activities.
  4. Describe how unions operate to include membership, affiliation and organizational structure.
  5. Explain the responsibility of the local union and the federation.
  6. Describe the origin, structure, importance, organization and operation of the NLRB.
  7. Describe unfair labor practices by employers and unions.
  8. Differentiate between a union and nonunion firm.
  9. Explain the ramifications and consequences for employees in their decision to join a union.
  10. Explain the details of constructive bargaining and how negotiations are conducted.
  11. Trace the history of the strike weapon and the success of the current usage.
  12. Describe how management responds to the strike.
  13. Describe and explain the various ways strikes can be settled.
  14. Explain arbitration and how it has worked as the final step in settling labor and management relations problems.
  15. Outline the futrue of unionism and the collective bargaining procedures for the future industrial relations system in the United States.
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:

Minimum reading assignments are detailed in your class meeting and examination schedule.  (Students are expected to read weekly chapter assignments and encouraged to pursue the subject matter through outside reading and research.)  This will bring interesting and new material to the class meeting for further discussion and consideration.  When bringing outside materials, be sure you are able to identify your source of information to share with the instructor.  Discussion and participation of each student is required and graded.  Since the grade is subjective on the part of the instructor, students are welcome and encouraged to inquire from the instructor their progress in the course.  Paper and presentation will be discussed first class meeting.    (Be thinking of a "union official" you might be able to interview.)

The comprehensive final is not a take-home test.   The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam.


Each student will be allowed to earn a total of 100 points.  The student may earn 30 points each from the mid term and final examinations and 30 points for the term paper (15 points for the written report and 15 points for the oral presentation.)  The remaining 10 points may be earned by the student for class participation.  Points may be deducted for absences without the required follow-up written critique.  (See instructor for more information.)  

The following numerical values will be allowed for the final grade:

Grade        Points required  

A               91 or higher  

B               81 - 90 points  

C               71 - 80 points  

D               61 - 70 points  

F               60 points or below

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The term paper may be presented to the instructor at any time during the course and the oral presentation may be scheduled for anytime during the term after submission of the written report.  The absolute latest date for the paper and presentation is the class period during week 7.  There will be no extensions to this requirement.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Attendance is required and will be taken at each class period.  In the event it is necessary to be late or absent it the the responisbility of the student to advise the instructor as far in advance as possible.  The sutdent is responsible for material missed due to absence.  A written critique (discussed first class) of the material missed will be presented to the instructor at the next scheduled class sesson.  Failure to submit the critique will result in two points lost from total points earned a the end of the course.  (Two points for each missing written critique.)  By providing the written critique, the student may earn points for participation for the missed class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week Date Assignment1 26AUG Ch 1, 2, Key Terms, Web Sites

2 02SEP Ch 3, 4, 5, Key Terms, Video

3 09SEP Ch 6, 7, Terms, Sites, PBS Video

4 16SEP Ch 8, 9, Mid Term Exam

5 23SEP Ch 10, 11, 12, Key Terms, Video

6 30SEP Ch 13, 14, Key Terms, Case Studies

7 07OCT Ch 15, 16, Key Terms, Video

8. 14OCT Ch 17, Course Summary, Final ExamCases to be studied and discussed will be assigned the first class meeting.

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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