MG420 Labor Relations

for F2B 2011

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MG 420 Labor Relations


F2B 2011 BL


Medina, Ruth


Senior Adjunct Instructor


BS Management/ Human Resources
MA in Human Resources Development

Office Location

Able to meet before of after class

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone



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Semester Dates

October 17, 2011 - December 11, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Credit Hours



Labor Relations: Striking a Balance
Edition: 3rd • Budd, John
ISBN: 9780073530338

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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:
This course is designed as an instructor-to-student led discussion; supplementing the text book material with "real-life" relevant information. The classes will be conducive for the sharing of professional expertise by students.

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. Evaluate how policies and union contracts affect the workforce.
  2. Define how union contracts can help or hinder an organization depending on how well or poorly they are written.
  3. Students must demonstrate how to effectively represent both management and union on labor disputes.
  4. Describe how management is affected by unions.
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:

Bargaining Process:      200 points – (100 points week 7; 100 points week 8) To receive points during week 7 & 8 you must actively participate with your assigned group
Mid Term Exam: 300 points 

Final Exam: 300

  100 points – (10 point per quiz on week 1,2,4,5,7,8; 20 points per quiz on week 3 & 6) Quizzes will be posted each week and must be completed through ecompanion (parkonline) by each Friday at 400pm.  You will only be allotted no less than 5 minutes for each quiz.  Quizzes may not be made up if not taken by scheduled date and time. Technology issues will not be a valid excuse for missed quizzes, please allot enough time to take quizzes during the week and do not wait until minutes before the deadline to take the quizzes. If the system kicks you out of the quiz, you are to immediately call me (no emails) and do not get out of the system until we discuss the quiz. 

Class Participation and Attendance:  100 points (10 point per class session weeks 1-6; 20 point/session weeks 7 & 8) Students must keep track of their own attendance/participation, as I will only post attendance grades on week 6 and week 8.  Full credit is received if you are present and actively participating in class. If you are late, leave early, or fail to participate you may receive partial or no credit at all.

Bargaining Process:          200 points – (100 points week 7; 100 points week 8;  points/week will be broken down as follows: 30 points for submitting assignment to group lead & for group participation (deadline determined by group lead negotiator), 30 points for assisting your group in the negotiation process [lead negotiator will provide feedback on each students’ involvement], 30 points for bargaining your assigned section, 10 points for submitting required information to instructor. Broken down points will be given in their entirety or none at all. To receive credit you must demonstrate that you have researched your assigned areas and that you can defend your position in line with the rest of group’s position.   To receive points during week 7 & 8 you must actively participate with your assigned group and support your group's negotiation process. 


A- 900 - 1000 points
B- 800 - 899 points
C- 700 - 799 points
D- 600 - 699 points
F- <=599 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:
Exams need to be taken on the day scheduled; there will not be a make-up exam.  In order to receive credit for the bargaining process, students must be punctual, present, and actively participating in the bargaining process. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please silence your cell phones during class. If you need to answer a call, please take it outside. Texting can be distracting, not only to students but to the instructor, so please do not text during class. If caught texting, you will not be receiving credit for class participation. 

This course does require participation from all students. Each student understands that even if he/she disagrees with what is being said, all students are expected to treat everyone in class with respect. 

No make-up exam or quizzes will be permitted. If you cannot attend class at exam time you must make prior arrangements to take an equivalent. Exceptions may be granted if there is an emergency situation, i.e., injuries or illnesses, etc – things clearly beyond the student’s control. Proof will be required were exceptions are granted.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1:  Course Introduction and Chapter 1 (Student is expected to read prior to class and be ready to discuss) Watch Film
Week 2:  Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 (Student is expected to read prior to class and be ready to discuss)
Week 3:  Chapter 4,5,6  & EXAM(Student is expected to read prior to class and be ready to discuss)
Week 4:  Chapter 7 & 8 (Student is expected to read prior to class and be ready to discuss); watch film
Week 5:  Chapter 9 & 10 (Student is expected to read prior to class and be ready to discuss)
Week 6:  EXAM and Collective Bargaining Exercise
Week 7:  Collective Bargaining Exercise
Week 8:  Collective Bargaining Exercise

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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: .


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