MG420 Labor Relations

for U1T 2013

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MG 420 Labor Relations


U1T 2013 DLB


Gedlinske, David J.,, Jr.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Management/Logistics
M.S. Adminitration/Public Administration

Office Location

Peoria, AZ

Office Hours


Daytime Phone

(623) 221-4570


Semester Dates

06/03/2013 - 07/28/2013

Class Days


Class Time



MG352 and HR 353

Credit Hours



As you may or may not know, our text for MG420 has gone to a 4th edition with a price tag of $237.50.

Frank Incalcaterra, course designer, did some research and worked with the text publisher (McGraw-Hill) and with MBS and made arrangements for a black and white (they’re calling it a “custom”) version of the text which is available only through MBS, but at the much cheaper price of $94.50

The text is printed on demand and there are no minimum orders needed, so if only one of our students orders this B&W version we are still golden.

When students go to order their texts through MBS, they will see two versions available to them.

ISBN: 978-0-07-802943-1
Edition: 4TH 13
New Price: 237.50 Used Price: 178.00

This is the hard cover, colored copy -- note the price

The second one is: Author/Title: PARK UNIV. LABOR RELATIONS >CUSTOM<
ISBN:  978-1-1217-8058-3
New Price: 94.50 Used Price: 71.00

This is a custom, black and white, soft cover version.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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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 see myself as a guide, leading you through the material using lecture and class discussion.  I facilitate the course but each of you has something to teach each other so I encourage you to stretch your interpersonal skills by stating what you think.  The classroom is a non-retribution zone and all opinions and comments will be respected.  We learn much more if we open up the lines of communication, as most of us have real world experiences to share.  I look forward to our discussions.

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. Define the term "collective Bargaining".
  2. Identify three laws that support collective bargaining.
  3. List four issues that are potential components of a collective bargaining agreement.
  4. Describe the process for establishing a bargaining unit.
  5. List three examples of unfair labor practices.
  6. Describe the function and role of an arbitrator.
  7. Outline the process of administering a collective bargaining agreement.
  8. Describe the process of deceertification of a labor bargaining unit.
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:

Class Participation (conference thread postings):  30% of your final grade.

Weekly quizzes (7 total): 20% of your final grade -- each has a 15-minute time limit to complete.
Mid-Term (to be completed in week four): 10% of your final grade

Research Assignment (due not later than midnight CST on the last day of week 6):  20% of your final grade.

Final Exam (to be completed in week 8): 20% of your final grade. 

Note: The comprehensive final exam is not a take home test.  It will be proctored as a closed book, closed notes exam. 


Your Final Grade is based on a 1000 point system.  You can earn up to 300 points (30 percent of the final grade) for Class Participation, 200 points for the Weekly Quizzes (20 percent of the final grade),  200 points for the Research Assignment (20 percent of the final grade), 100 points for a Mid-Term Exam (10 percent of your final grade)  and 200 points for the Final Exam (20 percent of your final grade). Your final grade is computed as a final numeric grade (e.g. 900 points or 90%) and then converted to a Final Letter Grade as follows:

1000 - 900 points will result in a final letter grade of an "A". 
899 - 800 points will result in a final letter grade of a "B". 
799 -700 points will result in a final letter grade of a "C".
699 -600 points will result in a final letter grade of a "D".
Less than an accumulated 600 points will result in a final letter grade of an "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:

For the most part, I do not believe in absolutes (there are always exceptions), but generally speaking, I do not accept assignments, discussion thread postings, quizzes, etc., after the publicized due date. 

For example, if I do not see a posting or I do not hear from you, then I assume that you have made the decision to dismiss your opportunity to receive credit.
There will be times when one or more of you will have to deal with scheduled and unscheduled absences (vacation, leave, babies, TDY, TAD, etc.). Please do not keep me guessing. If you are going to be absent, and you know in advance, prepare early and let me know about it by private Email. If you have an emergency - deal with the emergency! Then, when all is well, let me know about it and we'll work together to get you caught up. You should know that if I do not hear from a student for two weeks, I am obligated (I have no choice) to report the absence to main campus who then has to consider academic withdrawal from the course.
My advice? Never wait until Sunday night to attempt to make your discussion thread posting.  Past experience has shown lack of time management and Murphy's Law have done in many who chose to wait until the last minute to post.  Don't get caught up in catching up :-)

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.  Please observe proper netiquette.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
See "Activities" located under each weekly unit page

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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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Last Updated:5/13/2013 8:39:46 AM