MG420 Labor Relations

for U1T 2011

Printer Friendly

Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.


MG 420 Labor Relations


U1T 2011 DL


Hepler, Paul L.


Senior Adjunct Faculty


MS Management
BS Management

Office Location

Tucson, Arizona

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

Fax:  520-393-3944


Semester Dates

June 6 - July 31, 2011

Class Days


Class Time



MG352, MK351, HR353

Credit Hours



Text: Labor Relations: Striking a Balance, 3rd Edition, John W. Budd, University of Minnesota---Minneapolis Hardcover, 608 pages; ©2010, ISBN: 0073530336; Publisher: Irwin - Management

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.

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, MK351 and HR 353

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. Define the term “collective bargaining.”
  2. Identify three laws that support collective bargaining.
  3. List four issues that are potential components of a collective bargaining agreement.
  4. Describe the process of establishing a bargaining unit.
  5. List three examples of unfair labor practices.
  6. Describe the role and function of an arbitrator.
  7. Outline the process of administering a collective bargaining agreement.
  8. Describe the process of decertification of a labor bargaining unit.
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:

Seven quizzes, research project, discussion questions, and final examination.

The comprehensive final is not a take-home test it will be proctored and will be a closed book and closed notes exam.


Seven quizzes - 70 points (25% of total grade)

Research project - 70 points (25% of total grade)

Final Examination - 84 points (30% of total grade)

Discussion questions - 56 points (20% of total grade)

Total Points: 280

Final Grades:


Points      Letter
Earned Percentage    Grade
252-280 90%    A
224-251 80%    B
223-196 70%    C
168-195 60%    D
0-194 0-59%    F

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:
Late work will not be accepted except for the first week of add/drop.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am MST and Sunday at 11:59 PM MST. The first week begins the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date. Create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch in cyberspace won't erase your efforts. When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word, RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF file formats.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

See "Activities" located under each weekly unit page  (Subject to change)
Week 1:  Chapter 1: Contemporary Labor Relations:  Objectives, Practices and Challenges
Week 2:  Chapter 2:  Labor Unions:  Good or Bad?
Week 3:  Chapters 3 and 4:  Historical Development; Labor Law
Week 4:  Chapters 5 and 9:  Strategies, Structures, and Constraints;  Contract Clauses
Week 5:  Chapters 6 and 7:  Union Organizing; Bargaining
Week 6:  Chapters 8 and 10:  Impasses, Strikes, Dispute Resolution;  Empowerment
Week 7:  Chapters 11 and 13:  Globalization;  What Should Labor Relations Do?
Week 8:  Proctored final exam
Discussion questions:   Due Fridays at 9pm Central Time,  peer reviews due by Sunday 9pm central time.

Final exam will be done during week 8 and must be done by Saturday of week 8.
Research Project:  Due Sunday Week 6 by midnight Central Time and will not be accepted late for any reason, so submit early if you can.
Quizzes are due the week assigned and must be done by Sundays at 9pm Central Time.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


This material is protected by copyright and can not be reused without author permission.

Last Updated:5/9/2011 7:16:32 PM