MG420 Labor Relations

for S2T 2007

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MG 420 Labor Relations


S2T 2007 DLB


Stroud, James R.

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Labor Relations: Striking a Balance, 1st Edition, John W. Budd, University of Minnesota---Minneapolis Hardcover, 568 pages; ©2005, ISBN 0072842210

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Additional Resources:

Welcome to Usefull Links!  Here is where you can get some links to information that can make the completion of this course a little easier.  And now the links:

The National Labor Relations Board


This is the home web site of the NLRB.  It provides all kinds of information on how it accomplishes it mission as the federal agency responsible for industrial relations.  Links include case summaries, regulations, press releases and other pertinent information.

This is a web site called, specializing in providing information on employment law  They have a section on the NLRB and the ramifications of its decisions, as well as press releases providing the latest updates on regulations and case law.

Infoplease Encyclopedia

Here is the entry for the NLRB in the Infoplease Encyclopedia.  It provides a brief history plus links for some of the latest headlines concerning their decisions

Unions on the Web

Screen Actors Guild

 How would you like to do the taxes of Tom Cruise or Morgan Freeman?  All you have to be is VITA volunteer for the Screen Actors Guild! :-)  Sometimes when entertainment news programs talk about what goes on in Hollywood, they mention something called the Screen Actors Guild.  Here is a link that defines who they are and what they stand for. 

 United Auto Workers

The infamous home of the Teamsters. ;-)  But they are more than that- check them out!  A union that has the ability to successfully lobby Congress is a force to be reckoned with.


The home of the merged American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).  This site also has links to its affiliated unions.


This is the home of the United Farm Workers.  They were founded by Cesar Chavez to improve the working conditions of those who help feed America.


This web site is the home of the United American Nurses, boasting a membership of 100,000 RN's nationwide.  The healthcare industry industry is one of the largest opportunities for union growth - a sign of our times

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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 sources for learning are twofold: the course materials provided by institution

We are all learners throughout our entire lives.  This learning is from both formal education and “informal education”, or what some of us refer to as personal experience.  Since our personal experiences are by definition limited, there may come a time when we desire to enrich ourselves through formal education.  For some of us this may be knowledge for its own sake.  For many of us the desire to seek formal education is to prepare for future opportunities that would not otherwise be available.  

But there is more to formal education than completing assignments and “filling squares”.  There is what we can learn from each other.  Only in a classroom can many people with diverse backgrounds and experiences interact and learn together.  Before on line classrooms if you missed the class you missed the interaction.  Now you can participate even during the times when life is just plain busy, because you can pick your own timeframe for interaction.

This learning and interaction occurs while completing course objectives together.  I believe these objectives are introduced and measured best through lectures, readings, quizzes, internet, and writings.  Their completion enables all of us to learn things that would not be possible anywhere else.

Finally, I firmly believe that knowledge in the classroom must not only be acquired but also translated for personal application and for application in the work center.  Enrichment is made complete when learning is applied in our own personal experience.

As a life long learner I look forward to your unique experiences that will enrich us all.

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:

Participation, quizzes, research project and final examination



Grading Methodology

Your Final Grade is based on a 100 point/percentage point system.  Your final grade is computed as a final numeric grade (e.g. 90%) and then converted to a Final Letter Grade as follows:  An accumulated 90-100 points will result in a final letter grade of an "A".  An accumulated 80-89 points will result in a final letter grade of a "B". An accumulated 70-79 points will result in a final letter grade of a "C". An accumulated 60-69 points will result in a final letter grade of a "D". Less than an accumulated 59 points will result in a final letter grade of an "F".

Your Final Grade is is made up of an accumulation of the following:

Class Participation (CP) which includes timely (to be completed not later than midnight MST on Sunday of each week) and appropriate conference thread postings account for 25% of your overall final grade for the course.  Conference thread postings normally include a reply each week to at least one discussion question posed by the instructor in the Discussion Questions thread in the Discussion area.  You will also be required to post your own Lessons Learned (LL) each week in the Lessons Learned thread in the Discussion area.  Lastly, you will be required to post at least one Peer Review (PR) to a classmate's DQ or LL posting each week.  You will have the opportunity to accrue 3 points for each timely and appropriate DQ posting you offer each week, 2 points for each timely and appropriate DQ posting you offer each week, and up to 2 points for each timely and appropriate PR posting you offer each week.  There is no DQ posting required for week 8, but there is a cumulative LL posting worth up to 3 points for that week.  A PR posting is required in either week 7 or in week 8 – your choice.  By the end of the course you can accumulate up to 50 class participation points.  Those 50 points make up 25% of your final grade.  

Conference thread posting grading rubric:

Discussion Question (3 points possible)

1. Did the student response indicate that he/she followed the instructor's directions (e.g. started with the phrase "discussion question response" and included the instructor's original question restated in the student response)?

2. Was the student response indicative of an "informed" response (e.g. it was clear that the student had prepared for the class through completion of assigned text and other readings, a review of the instructor's weekly lecture, and possibly some outside research performed by the student)?

3. Did the student response reflect 400-level work (clearly expressed, spelling, grammar, appropriateness)?

Peer Review: (2 points possible)

1. Did the student response indicate that he/she followed the instructor's directions (e.g. started with the phrase "Peer Review" to clearly indicate to all that the posting was a peer review and not a DQ or LL posting)?

2. Did the student response reflect 400-level work (clearly expressed, spelling, grammar, appropriateness)?

Lessons Learned:  (2 points possible)

1. Did the student response indicate that he/she followed the instructor's directions (e.g. started with the phrase "Lessons Learned")?

2. Did the student response reflect 400-level work (clearly expressed, spelling, grammar, appropriateness)?

For the most part, I do not believe in absolutes (there are always exceptions), but generally speaking, if I do not see a posting or I do not hear from you, then I assume that you have made the decision to dismiss your opportunity to receive credit.

NOTE: Do not post anything in the conference area past the aforementioned deadlines. If you have not made your posting in time to meet the deadline, then your opportunity to receive credit for that posting is lost and gone forever. There is no way to make up those points. It is like taking a 'traditional class' on (for example) a Monday and Wednesday night where the class meets from 7:30PM 'till 10PM. If you show up to class at 11:30PM (regardless of the reason) you still missed that class. We can't say that you were present, when, in fact you were not. My advice? Never wait 'till Sunday night to attempt to make your conference thread posting :-)

There will be times when one or more of you will have to deal with scheduled and unscheduled absences (vacation, leave, babies, TDY, TAD, etc.). Please do not keep me guessing. If you are going to be absent, and you know in advance, prepare early and let me know about it by private Email. If you have an emergency - deal with the emergency! Then, when all is well, let me know about it and we'll work together to get you caught up. You should know that if I do not hear from a student for two weeks, I am obligated (I have no choice) to report the absence to main campus who then has to consider academic withdrawal from the course.

You will be required to take a Weekly Quiz (WQ) online each week (to be completed not later than midnight MST on Sunday of each week) in weeks 1 – 7.  There are 7 weekly quizzes. Each WQ is worth 10 points for a total of a possible 70 points.  Those 70 points make up 25% of your final grade.  You will also be directed, and have the option to take a Practice Quiz each week in order to assist you as a self-check in preparation for the weekly quiz.  Practice quizzes receive no credit and participation in the practice quiz is purely voluntary. Weekly quizzes are graded automatically by the ECollege platform and the results/grade of your quiz is made immediately available to you at the competition of the quiz.  Your weekly quiz grade will also be posted for your review each week in the Grade book.

A Research Assignment (RA) will be posted in the course Doc Sharing area at the beginning of the course and is due in Week 6. The RA is worth 25% of your final grade. You may complete and upload your completed RA offering to the Week 7 – Research Assignment basket provided by the instructor in the course drop box at any time, but in order to receive any credit whatsoever, your RA offering must be uploaded to the drop box not later than midnight MST on Sunday of week 6.  Your grade for your RA will be provided to you by the instructor in a reply to your drop box offering and also in the course grade book.

You will take a proctored, cumulative Final Exam sometime between Monday and Friday of week 8.  The final exam is closed-book, closed-notes and will account for 25% of your final grade.  Additionaly, you must pass the final exam with a 60% or better to pass the course.  Failure to take the final exam, or failure to earn a 60% or better, will result in a automatic "F" as the student's final grade

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.

The Proctored final exam for online courses must be passed with a grade of 60% or higher in order to pass the course regardless of the overall average.  The grade for students who pass the proctored final will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course.  The proctored final exam must address only material which the student has been taught in class.

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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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Last Updated:3/3/2007 5:41:58 PM