MG420 Labor Relations

for U1B 2007

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MG 420 Labor Relations


U1B 2007 BL


Boofter, James E.


Title Adjunct Faculty


M.A. Management; M.A. Human Resources

Office Location

Fort Bliss

Office Hours

8-5  M-F

Daytime Phone

(915) 562-6661


Semester Dates

May 29-Jul 19, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM



Credit Hours


'Labor Relations', 12th edition, 2006, Sloane/Witney (ISBN:

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
'Labor Relations Law', 5th ed., Taylor/Witney

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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.

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:

Exam 1....20%, (20 points
Exam 2 (comprehensive, closed book/notes)...20%, (20 points) THIS REQUIREMENT WILL SATISFY THE CORE ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT AS STATED ABOVE.  Note:  The exam is essay (narrative) in nature and will consist of at least one question from each of the learning outcomes discussed in class.  Students must complete this requirement with a score of at least 60%.  Scores below 60 will require a retest prior to the end of the course.  If the retest results in a score of less than 60 the student will be awarded an 'F' for the entire course regardless of scores of assessment requirements.
Research Paper....20% (20 points).  This is a university-wide requirement for all courses at the 300/400 level.  Length and other expected standards of the paper will be discussed during first class day.  Topics will be assigned in the second academic week.

Mock Collective Barganing Exercise
.....30%, (30 points)
Class Participation........10%, (10 points) 'Unexcused' absences will be deducted from this requirement.

TOTAL = 100% (100 points) 

A-90-100 points 
B-89-80 points 
C-79-70 points 
D-69-60 points
F-50 points and below

All final exams will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes.  If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth.  Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Associate Dean.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1: Intro to course; discuss Learning Outcome 'A' (text chapter 1)

Week 2: Discuss Learning Outcomes B (text chapter 2) and C (text chapter 4; Select Bargaining Team and Chief Negotiators

Week 3: Discuss Learning Outcome D (text chapter 3); Exam 1 review and exam(open notes/books); Collective Bargaining Teams meet

Week 4: Discuss Learning Outcomes E (no specific text chapter)and F (text chapter 6); Collective Bargaining Teams meet

Week 5: Discuss Learning Outcome F (text chapter 5); Discuss Learning Outcome G (thorough discussion of the collective bargaining process); exam 2 review.

Week 6: Exam 2 (comprehensive including all Learning Outcomes); closed notes/books)


Collective Bargaining Practical Exercise begins on Thursday of this week.

Week 7: Collective Bargaining Exercise continued.  Research paper due.

Week 8: Collective Bargaining Exercise continued; course summary and 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 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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