MG420 Labor Relations

for F1HH 2011

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MG 420 - Labor Relations


F1HH 2011 PA


Hall, John B.


Instructor/Adjunct Faculty


M. A. Health Care Administration
B. S. Human Resources Management
A. S. Office Management

Office Location

Park Office, Bldg. 50, Area B, WPAFB, Ohio

Office Hours

Will meet anytime with appoinment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 15 - October 9, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 P.M. - 10:30 P.M.

Credit Hours


  Budd, John W.; "Labor Relations: Striking A Balance"; McGraw-Hill Companies Inc.; New York,  NY; 3rd Ed.;  2010. (ISB ( ISBN-10: 0-07-353033-8)

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Course Description:
PREREQUISITES: MG 352 and HR 353 - Consideration of the development, legal environment, and current problems of  the industrial relations system. Emphasis is placed on the historical evolution of both the union movement and the legislative system that shapes its activities.3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites, and writings. The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.

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. Understand the purpose and activities of the organized labor movement and its effects o the management process and management decision-making.
  2. Discuss the laws affecting the labor-management relation and the impact of legislation on the disputes through mediation, arbitration, and the courts.
  3. Be prepared to have a proper foundation to function in the complex industrial relations arena.
  4. Define and understand the positions of management and labor on specific  issues and how these differences impact employee objectives as well as the organization's competitive position and profit goals.
  5. Apply and use tools to recognize those issues which will be easily negotiable as well as those which may become impasses.
  6. Apply collective bargaining and grievance resolution procedures.
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:

1. Completion of all READING ASSIGNMENTS.

2. Participation in CLASS DISCUSSIONS.

3. Participation in and completion & presentation of a GROUP PROJECT as assigned by the instructor.

4. Completion & presentation of  FOUR COURSE RELATED ARTICLE REPORTS selected by the student to lead class discussion and SUBMISSION OF A (1-2) PAGE SUMMARY of its content and the student's personal opinion.  Your   source must be identified as well as date published. (within last 6 mos.)                                                                              5. Selection and submission of a TERM PAPER TOPIC  approved by the instructor.

6. Completion, presentation, and timely SUBMISSION OF A TERM PAPER on the approved topic. (8-10 pages)

7. Successful completion of a  FINAL EXAM. (NOTE: The comprehensive final will be closed book & notes and will not be a take-home exam.) 




The student's final course grade will be based on a 100 POINT SCALE distributed as follows: 


GROUP PROJECT:  20 pts. (20%)

FINAL EXAM: 45 pts. (45%)                                                                                                                                                                                           The TOTAL POINTS EARNED and GRADE AWARDED will be  according to the following scale:

90-100 pts. = A

80 -89 pts. = B

70-79 pts. = C

60-69 pts. = D
59 pts. or less = 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:
Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of "0" unless arranged otherwise with the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending class under the influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from Park University. Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion from Park University. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior toward administrative personnel or support staff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
SESSION 1 (Aug. 15th)- "Overview of Course & Contemporary Labor Relations"- (Chapter 1)    SESSION 2 (Aug. 22nd) - "Labor Relations Outcomes" and Article Presentations - (Chapters 2 & 3)    SESSION 3 (Aug. 29th) - "Historical Development & Labor Law" and Article Presentations - (Chapters 4 & 5)   SESSION 4 (Sept. 5th - LABOR DAY - TO BE RESCHEDULED DURING THAT WEEK) - "Union Organization", Article Presentations - (Chapters 6, 7, 8, &  9 )   SESSION 5 (Sept. 12th) - "Union Representation" & Article Presentations - (Chapter 7)   SESSION 6 (Sept. 19th) - "Bargaining & Strikes/Dispute Settlement", Article Presentations, and Term Paper Presentations - (Chapters 10 & 11)        SESSION 7 (Sept. 26th) - "Grievances, Arbitration, & Disciplinary Action" , Term Paper Presentations and Review For Final Exam - (Chapters 12 & 13)  SESSION 8  (Oct. 3rd ) - FINAL EXAM and Group Project Presentations.

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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