MG420 Labor Relations

for U1U 2011

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MG 420 Labor Relations


U1U 2011 LU


Dr. Lillian Robinson


Adjunct Professor


PhD, Postsecondary and Adult Education
M.A. Human Resource Management
B.S. Occupational Education/Minor Computer Info Systems

Office Location

Goodyear Arizona

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

June 6 - July 31, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

4:50 - 10:10 PM


MG352 and HR 353

Credit Hours



Text Title: Labor Relations : Striking a Balance
Author:  BUDD
Edition/Copyright: 3rd Edition 2010
Publisher:  McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
ISBN: 0073530336
Type: Hardback

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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:
My educational philosopy is one where students experience real world management situations.  I will incorporate lectures, readings, research, role-playing, and scenarios into a project-based learning environment.  I believe learning is more effective and lasting when the students practice what they have learned through the class activities.  I will challenge each student to explore alternate ways to address Labor Relations.  I will also require each student to have fun as part of the overall learning environment.

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. Understanding Labor Law.
  2. Are Labor Unions relevant today?
  3. Understanding the Weingarten Rights
  4. Labor strikes and disputes as they applies to contracts
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:

Final Exam - Closed book test - Comprehensive. 30 points- Consisting of Multiple Choices, True/False, Completion, and Discussion Questions
Mid-Term Exam - Open book - 30 points- Consisting of Multiple Choices, True/False, Completion, and Discussion Questions
Written and Oral Presentation - 20 points Students will write a 7 - 10 page paper, APA style, 3 references.  Papers will be presented in class.   Presentation length:  5 - 7 mins only.
In class project (2 projects worth 5 pts each) - 10 points- Students must be present to receive full points.  Project will be based on Labor Relations scenarios.
In Class Participation -  10 points - Students will be expected to engage in thought provoking conversation.  You cannot receive full points if you are not present for class and ready to discuss selected topics.


Your Final Grade is based on a 100 point system.  You can earn up to 60 points for your final and mid-term exams.  You can earn up to 10 points for Class Participation, You can earn up to 10 points for the in Class project, and up to 20 points for the for the Research Assignment (oral and written). ThFinal Exam (30 percent of your final grade). Your final grade is computed as a final numeric grade (e.g. 100 points or 100%) and then converted to a Final Letter Grade as follows:
A - 100 - 90
B - 89 - 80
C - 79 - 70
D - 69 - 60
Below 60 is failing.

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:

Assignments are late after the due date.  I will not accept work past 2 days of original due date.  Late assignments will be lose 10% each day past the due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This is a 400-level (senior-level) class.  Students are expected to be prepared for class each week, and to treat the instructor and the other class members with respect and with courtesy.  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion; however, opinions should not incite angry and be egregious.
Turn all cell phones on vibrate or off.
Please respect others when they are speaking.  No side-bar conversations.
Attendance is important to the process of learning.  If you cannot make it to class, please inform the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Schedule
Week 1 - June 8
Class Introductions
You are responsible for reading chapters 1 and 2 before class
Select Research Topic
Week 2 - June 15
Chapters 3, 4, 5
Final Week for selecting topics for papers
Week 3 - June 22
Chapters 6, 7, 8
1st in class project to be completed
Week 4 - June 29
Chapters  9, 10
Mid-term handed out
Week 5 - July 6
Chapters 11, 12, 13
Mid-term due back instructor
2nd in class project to be completed
Week 6 - July 13
Class presentations
Week 7 - July 20
Class presentations
Week 8 - July 27
Closed book 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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Dr. Lillian Robinson served in the United States Air Force for more than 22 years.  She is currently an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program Manager with the Bureau of Land Management for Arizona and New Mexico.  Dr. Robinson holds an earned PhD in Postsecondary and Adult Education, M.S. in Human Resource Management, and B.S. in Occupational Education.
Dr. Robinson teaches Human Resource Management, Management, Business, Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Social Sciences courses with several other universities.  Dr. Robinson is a certified EEO Counselor and Trainer.
Her hobbies are watching movies, eating popcorn, and spending time with her wonderful husband of 27 years, 2 adult children, and 1 beautiful granddaughter.
She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and the National Professional Association of Professional Women,  She is also a board member for the Local Federal Coordinating Committee for the Combined Federal Campaign in Arizona.


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