MG420 Labor Relations

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MG 420 Labor Relations


F2H 2010 BU


Boe, Gerard P.


Senior Adjunct Professor of Management


BS -Wst Virginia Wesleyan College-
MS - Ohio State University
Ph.D.- Texas A&M University


Gerard. Boe @


Semester Dates

25Oct-19 Dec,2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours



  Labor Relations :Striking a Balance
Budd, John W. 3rd Ed.,McGraw-Hill Irwin
ISBN # 978-0-07-353033-8

Additional Resources:
 A number of educational videos will be shwn as part of the course structure. In addition, portions of made for entertainment  DVD of VHS tapes will also be utilized.

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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.

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 the process of union organization.
  2. Dicuss the basic laws which act as a foundation for the labor activities in the U.S..
  3. Discrbe the diferences between the laws covering public employees with those covering the private employees
  4. Compare/contrast arbitration and mediation.
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:
Students will be evaluated using  tools,such as a mid-term examination; a final examination, a term paper, and participation in the negotiation .


90-100  points = A
80-89   points= B
70-79   points= C
60-69   points= D
59-below = Fail

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:
Term papers will be due on or before Dec 9th.  Late papers will be penalized 5 points for each day late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to be prepared for each class and  to show up on time for each class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Oct      26    Introduction and Course expectations - video : Who Wants Unions? :Chp 1
Oct     28     Historical Development : -video : Matwan ,  Chp 3
Nov 2          Labor Law  -Chp 4
Nov 4          Management organizing/bargaining issues : Chp 5
Nov 9         Bargaining : Ch 7  -video ; Mediation
Nov 11       Mock  Negotiation: -video :  Successful Negotiating
Nov 16        Mid-Term Examination
Nov 18        Union  organizing/ NLRB -  Ch 6
Nov 23         Immpasses and Strikes  - Ch 8
Nov 25         Out of class Assignment
Nov 30        Mock Negotiations - video : The Sluggers Come Home
Dec 2           Public Sector Laws
Dec 7           Mock Negotiation
Dec 9          Term Papers Due / Presentations
Dec 14         Course Review
Dec 16         Final Examination

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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.

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