MG420 Labor Relations

for F2DD 2012

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MG 420 Labor Relations


F2DD 2012 DC


Wade-Hairston, Tina A.


Adjunct Professor of Management Studies


Ph.D. Applied Management & Decision Sciences: Walden University
M.S. Administration: Central Michigan University
B.S. Computer Information Systems: Devry University

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DSCC BLDG 11, Section 9

Office Hours

By Appointment Only

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Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 11:00 PM


Prerequisite: MG 352 and HR 353

Credit Hours



Budd, J.W. Labor Relations: Striking a Balance, 3rd edition, McGraw Hill, 2010; 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:

The faculty’s educational philosophy is one of empowerment. Students are challenged to strive for great achievements both personally and professionally. The learning environment will be used as a platform for debate, an exchange of ideas, and a vehicle to shape developing perspectives. Academic excellence will be encouraged and supported through readings, group activities, and examinations.

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. Examine the labor-related complexities presented with the virtual work environment.
  2. Explore the overall impact of information technology and the labor-related issues that are presented in the workplace.
  3. Discuss new trends and/or considerations for managing subordinates in today's legal environment.
  4. Define ethical considerations for managerial personnel, as it relates to labor relations issues.
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:

Several methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course. Students will be assessed on the core learning and instructor added learning outcomes based on class participation/group assignments, labor environment analysis, arbitration, and a comprehensive exam.


1000 – 900 = A

 899 – 800 = B

 790 – 700 = C

 699 – 600 = D

Below 599 = F

Group Participation/Projects: Eight – 25 points each = 200 points (20%)

Arbitration: One - 200 points = 200 (20%)

Midterm Exam: One – 200 points each = 200 (20%

Research Project (Special Topic): One - 200 points = 200 points (20%)

Comprehensive Exam: One – 200 points each = 200 points (20%)

Total Points = 1000 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:
No late assignments will be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 1.   Students are expected to show respect to fellow students and to decisions made by the instructor.

 2.    Students must be prepared for class. This includes having course materials such as the required text for class.

 3.    Students that do not have the required course materials will not be afforded extensions for in-class and/or home       assignments.

 4.    Students must notify the instructor in advance of absences via email. phone, etc.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class schedule

Class Activities



Day One – Thursday 10/25/12:

Lecture; Group Activities

Review Week One Chapters 1, 2 and 3

Lecture and group projects will be used as instructional tools for Core Learning Objective 1 and Instructor Learning Objective 1.

Day Two – Thursday 11/1/12:

Lecture; Group Activities

Chapters 4, 5 and 6

Lecture and dispute resolution analysis simulation will be used as instructional tools for Core Learning Objectives 2 and Instructor Learning Objective 2.

Day Three – Thursday 11/8/12:

Lecture; Group Activities

Chapters 7 and 8

Lecture and group projects will be used as instructional tools for Core Learning Objective 3.

Day Four – Thursday 11/15/12:

Lecture; Group Activities

Chapters 9 and 10

 Midterm Exam 

Day Five – Thursday


Lecture; Group Activities

Chapters 11 and 12

Lecture and group projects will be used as instructional tools for Instructor Learning Objectives 1 and 2.

Day Six – Thursday 11/29/12:

Lecture; Group Activities

Chapters 13

Lecture and group projects will be used as instructional tools for Instructor Learning Objectives 3 and 4.

Day Seven – Thursday 12/6/12:

Lecture; Group Activities

Simulation Activities


Day Eight – Thursday 12/13/12:

Comprehensive Final Exam

Research Project Due

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 95-96

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 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.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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