MG420 Labor Relations

for S1D 2012

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MG 420 Labor Relations


S1D 2012 DAH


Motzko, Charles A


Adjunct Faculty


Doctor of Management, University of Phoenix (2008)
Executive MBA, UCLA (2004)
BA-Management, University of Redlands (1982)

Office Location

DM Campus Center Office or Classroom

Office Hours

Before/After Class or by Appointment

Daytime Phone

(520) 744-7528   9:00am – 9:00pm


Web Page

Semester Dates

January 16, 2012 - March 11, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 8:45 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 philosophy is one of learning by interaction. Lectures and directed class discussion will reinforce the readings, assignments, and writings. Quizzes and examinations will evaluate the students' retention and assimilation of the course material. I encourage my students to call me with their questions so that we can get those questions answered as quickly as possible without waiting on email turn around.

Each week, I initiate opportunities to explore the subject matter through the assignment of online forum discussions, dropbox assignments, peer reviews and projects. Through formative assessment of the learner’s weekly performance, I guide their successful examination and analysis of the subject matter. The course culminates in a final summative assessment that provides each student the opportunity to demonstrate their accomplished understanding.

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. Explain the collective bargaining process from organizing to contract administration.
  2. Discuss current collective bargaining issues in the U.S.
  3. Compare the various legislative frameworks allowing for collective bargaining in the U.S.
  4. Apply collective bargaining and grievance resolution procedures.
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:

Weekly Class Readings assignments from the text followed class discussion.

Weekly On-Line Discussion Forum and Participation. Participation consist of your initial posting + 4 substantive responses to classmates.

There will be a Mid-Term and Final Exam [Closed book and notes].

There will be an individual research paper on a Striking A Balance for an organization. Information for paper will be given in class (Reference Chapter 3 in text book).

See Grading and Assignment Tables for each week's assignment, point value(s) and due date.


Weekly Class Participation and Active Discussion


Weekly On-Line Discussion Forum and Participation
Weekly participation consist of your initial posting + 4 substantive responses to your classmates


Week 4 Mid-Term Exam [Closed book, no notes]


Week 5 Research Paper on "Striking a Balance"


Week 6 Mock Collective Bargaining Exercise


Week 8 Final Exam [Closed book, no notes]




Grading Scale:

100% - 90%  1,000 - 900 points  =  A

89% - 80%      899 - 800 points  =  B

79% - 70%      799 - 700 points  =  C

68% - 60%      699 - 600 points  =  D

59% or Less  599.9 points 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:

As a general rule no late submission of work is permitted.

Contact the instructor prior to the assignment due date if unforeseen circumstances arise (i.e. sickness, family emergency, deployment, etc...).

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.

Students should study the Park University Code of Conduct and govern themselves accordingly.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


On-Line DQ's

Project Paper


Text Book Chapters

Class Participation Points

Discussion Questions
Posted in the DQ Forum

Discussion Question

Research paper on Labor Relations and Striking a Balance (Chapter 1-4)

EXAMS and Research Paper comments

Exam Points

Class Week

Week 1 1/16 -1/22 2012

Chap 1


DQ 1


Begin Review for Research Paper on "Striking a Balance"

Research Paper on "Striking a Balance" will delve into the theory & framework used to study labor relations. The intent is to provide the tools for dealing with the major concerns of labor relations in the work place.

Chap 2


DQ 2


Week 2 1/23 -1/29 2012

Chap 3


DQ 3


Continue working on the Research Paper for "Striking a Balance"

Chap 4


DQ 4


Week 3 1/30 -2/5 2012

Chap 5


DQ 5


Continue working on the Research Paper for "Striking a Balance"

Chap 6


DQ 6


Week 4 2/6 - 2/12 2012

Chap 7


Class Discussion and Mid-Term Exam

Continue working on the Research Paper for "Striking a Balance"



Chap 8


Week 5 2/13-2/19 2012

Chap 9


DQ 7


Research Paper Due


See syllabus for paper format - Expect 2,00 words min dbl-spaced

Chap 10


DQ 8


Week 6 2/20- 2/26 2012

Chap 11


DQ 9


Mock Collective Bargaining Exercise


Information for the Collective Bargaining Exercise will be passed out in Week 4.

Chap 12


DQ 10


Chap 13


DQ 11


Week 7 2/27-3/4 2012


Mock Collective Bargaining Exercise Wrap-up (if needed) and

Final Course Review

Mock Collective Bargaining Exercise (Cont.)

Week 8 3/5-3/11 2012

FINAL EXAM: A closed book, closed notes exam consisting of 10 True-False, 10 Multiple-choice & 10 Short Answer Questions (Total 400 Points)



Point Sub-Total







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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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 Dr. Motzko began his 50+ year career with the U.S. Air Force’s Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory (PMEL) program in 1961. After separation from the USAF, he obtained registration as a State of California Professional Engineer in Quality (1978). He received his Bachelor of Arts in Management (with distinction) in 1982, and his MBA from UCLA in 1984. In 2008, he received his Doctor of Management based on his research involving leadership and the determinants of organizational effectiveness for National Measurement Institutes.

As a State of California Registered Professional Engineer in Quality, Dr. Motzko helped shape the direction of test equipment management during the industry’s critical early years. Dr. Motzko has concentrated his work on test equipment management, logistics, service, support, and regulatory compliance. Dr. Motzko is considered a subject matter expert in ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and ANSI/NCSLI Z540.3.

Dr. Motzko is currently Chairman of the NCSLI RP-5 Committee on “Equipment Specifications”, a Member of the NCSLI RP-1 Committee on “Calibration Interval”, a Member of the NCSLI RP-12 Committee for “Measurement Uncertainty”, and a Member of the NACLA’s Z540.3 Technical Advisory Group (TAG). In addition, Dr. Motzko is currently serving as Adjunct Faculty for Park University’s Campus Center at Davis-Monthan A.F.B., AZ


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