MG420 Labor Relations

for S2E 2011

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MG 420 Labor Relations


S2E 2011 PE


Caruana, Mark


adjunct faculty


B A political Science, USD
J D  law USD

Office Location

2725 Jefferson Street suite 11, Carlsbad, Ca. 92008

Office Hours

by appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

760-458-0422 (cell)


Semester Dates

4-14-11 to 5-8-11

Class Days


Class Time

5pm to 10 pm


MG 352   HR 353

Credit Hours



ISBN 978-0-07-353033-8
Mc Graw Hill, 2010

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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:

I am honored to work for Park and I am looking forward to meeting each of you. 
Communication is an essential element of education. As students and professionals we are required to express thoughts and ideas on a daily basis.  This class will be taught in seminar style. I will clearly take the lead and moderate classes but each of you will be expected to contribute. All papers must be done using APA format.
Please remember that I work for you. If you need any assistance I am willing to assist you. I am an adjunct and as such I do not have an office on campus. However, I have a law office in town. You may make an appointment there or I can meet you before or after class at the school. If either option is difficult then please feel free to call me and set a telephonic appointment.
Here is how to reach me: Mark V Caruana, J.D.
                                       2725 Jefferson Street, suite 11
                                       Carlsbad, Ca 92008
                                       fax               760-434-9183
                                       office           760-434-4747
                                       cell              760-458-0422

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. Identify and explain the various roles unions have filled in American history
  2. Assess the political dynamics of budgets and the labor vote versus management
  3. Discuss how capitalism and collective bargaining interface
  4. Analyze and be able to critique the role, limits and aspects of public employee collective bargaining
  5. Explain negotiation strategies in the collective bargaining setting
  6. Identify the limitations on picketing and demonstrating during the collective bargaining process
  7. State the basic elements of employment contracts and their remedies for breach
  8. Evaluate the power of injunctive relief
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:

You will be asssessed in four ways.
          First, I expect each of you to attend and contribute to the class. Your thoughts are critical to the learning process.
          Second you will have a midterm which will focus on the material we have covered in the lectures. The exam will be essays.
          Third you will have a comprehensive final, essays again.
          Fourth you will be responsible for a term paper. The topic is optional. It might be a current event like the present situation inWisconsin. It might be a historical event like the creation of the NLRB. We will discuss this further in the classroom.


Class participation.........                                             20%      twenty points
Mid term exam                                                           20%      twenty points
Research/term paper                                                  30%      thirty points
Final exam                                                                  30%     thirty points
TOTAL                                                                    100%    one hundred 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:
I recognize that many of you may be on active duty and thus I will make as many adjustments as is reasonable, however, you will be given a deadline and work is due on that date. I will deal with emergencies on a case by case basis. If work is late without justification it will lose 10 percent of its value per day.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Be prepared to contribute to this class. One of the better parts of a college education is the ability to share thoughts, ideas, cultures and experiences. So your grade will reflect class contributions. 
PLEASE REMEMBER that I work for you. If you need any reasonable assistance or accommodation please advise me.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One                       History of Labor law, labor relations, organized crime, robber barons
Week Two                       Labor unions and management, employment law, general principles                     
Week Three                     Collective bargaining, NLRB,       
Week Four                      Midterm Exam 
Week Five                       The business of labor and labor law, begin governmental labor issues   
Week Six                         Continue public and private sector                                      
Week Seven..                  Strikes, picketing and protection of individual rights and remedies                     
Week Eight                      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 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.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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