MG420 Labor Relations

for F2J 2007

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MG 420 Labor Relations


F2J 2007 IN


Scoville, Vernon


Senior Adjunct Professor


A.A. Longview Community College
B.A.(Political Science),J.D.(Law)University of Missouri at Kansas City
L.P.N.(Metropolitan Community College)

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Park University-Independence Campus

Office Hours

5:15pm to 10:00 pm on Tuesdays at the Campus

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Semester Dates

22 Oct 2007 - 16 Dec 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours


Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining Cases, Practice and Law (Eighth Edition) Michael R. Carrell and Christina Heavrin  (Pearson/Prentice Hall) ISBN 0-13-186872-1

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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 Prerequisite: MG352, MK351 and HR 353

Educational Philosophy:
This Professor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on  lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web-sites and writings.  The Professor will engage each student in what is referred to as the Aristocratic Method of Teaching to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issue and contradictions.

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. 4.  Define the term "Collective Bargaining".
  2. 5.  Identify the major federal laws that support collective bargaining.
  3. 6.  List four issues that are required components of a collective bargaining agreement.
  4. 7.  Discribe the process of certifying and decertifying a bargaining unit.
  5. 8.  List and discribe three examples of unfair labor practices by labor and management.
  6. 9.  Describe the process of arbitration.
  7. 10.  Outline the process of implementing a collective bargaining agreement.
Core Assessment:



The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. 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 Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Attendance:  Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time.  Roll will be checked each class period.  Classes missed for legitimate reasons, such as illness, are excusable.  Please notify the office if you will be absent.  Because of the short nature of this semester, absence of two or more classes will result in one letter grade reduction.
Discussion:  The nature of this class requires sometime controversial discussion.  Each student shall respect the others opinion and participate in all class discussions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

LABOR RELATIONS ESSAY  You are required to complete an analysis of the labor relations process of the company where you work, or that of your spouse or significant other works, or family member by addressing the following issues.
1.  Review of the history and philosophy of collective bargaining activites for your employer, whether unionized or not.(ie formal or informal)
2.  Describe the membership and structure of the different types of bargaining groups or units.  If there are no actual unions present, please explain how your company could be structured by a collective bargaining agreement.
3.  Are management/union (employee) relations best described as "cooperative" or "confrontational"?  Explain your answers and give examples.
4.  Is the bargaining approach centralized or decentralized?  What pattern, if any is followed?
5.  What influence, if any has NAFTA, GATT or CAFTA had or will have on your company?  What impact has foreign competition or other foreign influence, had on bargaining units and/or other employee groups or the business?
6.  How are negotiations conducted and by who, when, and where?  Give examples.  If no union is involved, please describe how employment decisions are made including hiring, firing, promotions, and salary issues.
7.  What have been some recent objectives of the management group of your firm and the bargaining units.  Are there any winners or loser?  Has there been any concessions by either party.
8.  Has a strike or slow down ever occured?  Explain the circumstances and the results.
9.  Are any grievances filed and if so how are they settled?  Who are the parties involved?
10.  How does the future look for your company?  Will labor increase or decrease as a bargaining force? 
CLASS PRESENTATION  The ability to make presentations to a group is essential for anyone in business or labor today.  A course requirement is that the student present to the entire class the topics outlined below.  If the student does not work outside the home, then equate the position and family as a small service based business.  Topics to be discussed.
1.  What is the primary mission or goal of the organization?
2.  What are the relations (management) cultures of the organization?
3.  Is there a Labor union or a group of individuals which have an impact to the Labor Relations process?
4.  Is the Labor Relations process formal or informal with committees?
5.  How has the labor relations of your business changed within the last three years and how do you think it will change in the future?
Meeting Dates                     Class Activites                           Assignments                  Tests
Class 1- Oct.25,2007         Chapter one-film Norma Rae      Class Presentation
Class 2-Nov.01,2007         Chapters two and three               Class Presentation
Class 3-Nov.08,2007         Chapters four and five                 Class Presentation
Class 4-Nov.15,2007         Chapters six and seven               Class Presentation
Class 5-Nov.22,2007         Chapter eight                              Class Presentation         Mid Term Chapters 1 thru 7
Class 6-Nov.29,2007         Chapters nine and ten                 Class Presentation   
Class 7-Dec.06,2007         Chapters eleven and twelve         Class Presentation
Class 8-Dec.13,2007         Class Presentation film-HOFFA  Class Presentation         Final Exam

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
8.  Because of the short nature of the semester,   absence of two classes for any reason will result in a letter grade reduction.

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