MG420 Labor Relations

for U1OO 2007

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MG 420 Labor Relations


U1OO 2007 WO


Richards, Matthew A.


Adjunct Faculty


M.A. Management and Human Resource Development
B.S. Business and Management
B.A. Criminal Justice Administration

Office Location

Bldg 3201, Lincoln Hall, Room 2617/2655, Fort Leonard Wood, MO

Office Hours

Office: 7:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Home: 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

Daytime Phone

(573) 563-6327

Other Phone

Home: (573) 759-2938


Semester Dates

4 June to 29 July 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:20 PM

Credit Hours


Fossum, J. (2006). Labor Relations (9th ed.). New York, NY: Irwin/McGraw-Hill Publishers.  

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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 instructor's educational philosophy is one of tell me and I'll forget, show me and I'll remember, involve me and I'll understand. The instructor will engage each student in classroom discussion via lecture, individual and group case study work, preparation of a research paper and practical exercises. This will require students to prepare oral and written responses and brief the entire class on their findings. These requirements will provide the student with real world experience in problem solving, decision-making, public speaking, and written communications all of which are major challenges in the business arena.

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:
The course will consist of lecture, discussion, two examinations, research paper, presentation, and core assessment. Maximum student participation is required. A. Lecture B. Individual Research Paper/Presentation C. Mid-Term Examination D. Individual Participation (group work, discussion, mock negotiating exercise) E. Final Examination F. Core Assessment.


Individual Participation/Group Work/Mock Exercise 10% or 10 points       A= 90-100%

Research Paper/Presentation 10% or 10 points                                           B= 80-89%

Mid-Term Examination 30% or 30 points                                                   C= 70-79%

Final Examination 30% or 30 points                                                            D= 60-69%

Core Assessment 20% or 20 points                                                            F= Below 60%

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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students are expected to read weekly text assignments (prior to class), participate in class activities/discussions, prepare and present a typed research paper and the core assessment. Any papers or exams turned in or presented late will have 2 points deducted from the total score. These deductions are established to motivate students to turn-in coursework on time and in fairness to those students who do turn-in all coursework on time and attend every class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Although healthy debate is encouraged, students must respect others opinions by allowing everyone to speak without interruption. Students are encouraged to ask questions and expected to participate in discussions and group exercises. Class breaks will be taken as directed by the instructor, however, students may excuse themselves at anytime between for legitimate purposes such as using the restroom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
ActivitiesAssignments: Week 1/5 June- Introduction Lecture on Evolution of American Labor, Labor Law, and Federal Agencies.Chapters 1, 2 and 3. Week 2/12 June- Lecture on Union Structure and Government, Member and Leader Attitudes and Behavior, and Political Activities. Group Work.Chapters 4 and 5. Week 3/19 June- Lecture on Union Organizing Campaigns, Union Avoidance: Rationale, Strategies, and Practices. Group Work.Chapters 6 and 7. Week 4/26 June- Lecture on The Bargaining Environment and Wage and Benefit Issues in Bargaining. Group Work. Take Home Mid-term Exam.Chapters 8 and 9. Week 5/3 July- Lecture on Non-wage Issues in Bargaining and Contract Negotiations. Group Work. Mid-term Due.Chapters 10 and 11. Week 6/10 July- Lecture on Impasses and their Resolution and Grievance Arbitration. Finish Group Work and Begin Mock Negotiation Exercise.Chapters 12 and 15. Week 7/17 July- Mock Negotiation Exercise. Core Assessment Due. Week 8/24 July- Research Paper and Presentation Due. Final Exam. The comprehensive final is not a take-home exam. The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam.  Each student must pass the comprehensive final with 60% or better to pass the course.

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

Disability Guidelines:
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