MG420 Labor Relations

for F1AA 2009

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MG 420 Labor Relations


F1AA 2009 LC


Rucker, Laurence K.


Assistant Professor of Management Studies/Adjunct Faculty



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Semester Dates

17 August - 11 October 2009

Class Days

Tues - Thurs

Class Time

1930 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours



Labor Relations, Sriking a Balance, John W. Budd, 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-07-340489-9. 

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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:
Is to motivate students to learn through exploration of ideas, discussion of contemporary issues, creative thinking and class interactiveness.  This will be accomplished utilizing lectures, video presentations, text readings, class discussions, written reports, and examinations.

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. Explain changes in management due to unionization
  2. Articulate human diversity in the workplace
  3. Know the functions of the NLRB
  4. Explain collective bargaining/negotiations process
  5. Know federal legislation regarding labor/management relations
  6. Explain grievances/arbitration
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:
The course will consist of interactive lectures and media presentations.  Students will give oral presentations of assigned readings and participate in class discussions.  Student oral and written presentations will be included in the class participation grade.  Students must read assigned material prior to class meetings and be prepared to dicuss topics.  A research paper of at least 6 but no more than 10 pages, double-spaced, in APA format is required to complete the course.  A mid-term and final exam will be given.  The comprehensive core assessment final is not a take-home exam.  The comprehensive core assessment final is not open book or open note.


100-95=A (4.0 honor points) - 380 to 400 class points

 94-85=B  (3.0 honor points) -340 to 379 class points

84-75=C  (2.0 honor points) - 300 to 339 class points

74-65=D  (1.0 honor points) - 260 to 299 class points

64 and below=F (no honor points) 259 class points and below

Participation (20%) -  two one-page abstracts -  80 points (max 40 points each)
Mid-Term Exam (25%) - maximum                 - 100 points
Term paper  (25%) - maximum                        - 100 points
Final Exam  (30%)  - maximum                        - 120 points
                                                                          400 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 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 students must make every effort to submit assignments on the required date.  However, if students are unable to turn-in an assignment on time, they must make prior arrangements with the instructor and the instructor will determine if the reason is justified.  Justifiable assignment date adjustments include students on military TDY.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Manage a safe an enjoyable learning environment.  Cell phones are allowed in class.  Students should exercise courtesy to the entire class by discreetly monitoring incoming calls.  Students may leave and return to class quietly as needed.  Class members will respectfully obey the rules of Park University-Lackland AFB Education Services and sign that they have received such instructions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Week 1 - Chapters 1 & 2 (Video-Norma Rae)


Week 2 - Chapters 3 & 4 (Abstract Assignment)


Week 3 - Chapters 5, & 6 (Hoffa)


Week 4 - Chapters 7 & 8


Week 5 - Chapters 9 & 10 ( Mid-Term Exam)


Week 6 - Chapters 11 & 12 (Second abstract)


Week 7 - Chapter 13  (Media presentation)


Week 8 - Chapter 14  (Research paper due - 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

Disability Guidelines:
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