MG420 Labor Relations

for S2GG 2009

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MG 420 Labor Relations


S2GG 2009 MI


Luck, Rebecca


BS Education

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8:00 - 1:20 PM

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Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining, 7th EditioMichael R. Carrell/Christina Heavrin

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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.  

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:


Class Assessment:

Case Studies 
Mid Term Examination
Final Examination   
Oral Presentation 
Research Paper



Grades will be based on the following:
Participation/Discussion 10
Case Studies (2 each / 10 pts each) 15
Mid Term Examination  20
Final Examination-- 40
Oral Presentation 10
Research Paper (1 each)  5        
TOTAL 100 points

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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late Submission of Course Materials:
LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:  I believe learning continues even after the assignment is turned in.  By requiring students to demonstrate an understanding of course material, this motivates them to do the necessary work and provides me an effective tool to determine if I hit the target when covering the subject.  However, I deduct 10% when the late assignment is not excused.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT:  Students have responsibilities to meet the University's course objectives, learning objectives, and course requirements.  I feel my duties entails supporting the outlined objectives and requirements that facilitates learning and enhances the process in which the students met the goals established.  I am here to ensure the established requirements and material is trained; however, represents the University in a professional manner that makes the learning process exciting and fair.  Furthermore, I believe that the students' must be supportive of the instructor, fellow students, which I create that environment by requiring each student to:
• Work hard to complete course activities
• Work with others and be acceptable of different points of view
• Prepared for class by completing the read-a-head material
• Share life experiences in the class to enrich discussions
• Apply what they learn in class during practical exercises and projects
• Work with the instructor to meet the course objectives

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Week 1 Introduction Chapter 1 The Evolution of American Labor Chapter 2 Labor Law and Federal Agencies Chapter 3

Week 2 Union Structure and Government Chapter 4
Unions: Member and Leader Attitudes behaviors and Political Activities Chapter 5 Case Study One Due
Week 3 Union Organizing Campaigns Chapter 6
Union Avoidance: Rationale, Strategies and Practices Chapter 7

Week 4 Review Research Paper The Environment Per Bargaining Chapter 8 Wage and Benefit Issues in Bargaining Chapter 9 Mid-Term Examination- Take Home Chapters 1-8

Week 5 Non-Wage Issues in Bargaining Chapter 10
Contract Negotiations Chapter 11 Impasses and their solution Chapter 12 Case Study Two Due

Week 6 Union Management Cooperation Chapter 13
Contract Administration Chapter 14

Week 7 Grievance Arbitration Chapter 15 Public Sector Labor Relations Chapter 16 Final Examination- Take Home Chapters 9-16

Week 8 Final Examination  
Research Paper Due
Oral Presentations of Papers




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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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