MG420 Labor Relations

for S1M 2010

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MG 420 Labor Relations


S1M 2010 CH


Whetzel, Rosemary


Senior Instructor


MBA, Monmouth University
BS in Accounting, Rutgers University

Office Location

Room 143

Office Hours

Tueday/Thursday, 1500-1630

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Class Days


Class Time

7:30 - 10:00 PM


MG352 and HR353

Credit Hours



Labor Relations --Striking a Valance, by John W. Budd, 2nd edition, 2008, McGraw-Hill Irwin,
ISBN# 978-0-07-340489-6

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Course Description:
MG420 Labor Relations: 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: MG 352 and HR 353.

Educational Philosophy:

The class will be designed around lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinationa,  internet web sites and writings.
There will be an inclass arbritration exercise between management and labor.  There will be interaction between students and the instructor throughout the course.
If you are absent, go to where  homework will be posted under "Announcements".
Please check your park email account daily.

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. Discuss issues for the 21sr Century:  Flexibility, Employee Involvement and Globalization.
  2. Identif and compare Labor Relations Systems in the United States vs. foreign countries.
  3. Discuss pressures on Unions and major possibilites for growth in the 21st Century.
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:

Homework, Internet Exercises, Arbitration Exercise, Quizzes, Mid-Term Exam and a Final exam.


Homework                    10%
Internet Exercies            10%
Arbitratuib Exercise       10%
Quizzes                         40%
Final Exam                    30%

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 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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are due on the due date.  Late assignments will not be accepted unless the instructor has granted approval prior to the due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

All students are to come to class ontime.  All cell phones should be turned off prior to entering the room.
In the event, you are expecting an emergency call from home or work, please advise the instructor prior to the beginning of class.
There will be no cell phones or laptops used during exams.
You may bring laptops to class during regular classes.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 -- Chapters 1 and 2
Week 2 --  Chapter 3
Week 3 -- Chapter 4 and 5
Week 4 -- Chapter 6 and 7
Week 5 -- Chapters 8 and 9
Week 6 -- Chapters 10 and 11
Week 7 -- Chapters 12 and 13
Week 8 -- Chapter 14 and 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 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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