MG420 Labor Relations

for S1LL 2013

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MG 420 Labor Relations


S1LL 2013 LR


Gailey, James A.


Adjunct Faculty


BS Business Administration
MS Business Management

Office Location

Class Room

Office Hours

5:00 P.M. - 5:45 P.M.Tuesday/Thursday

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Class Days


Class Time

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Credit Hours


LABOR RELATIONS, third edition. John W. Budd, McGraw-Hill, 2010, ISBN 978-0-07-353033-8

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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 instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, homework, examinations, mock negotiation problem and class discussions. The instructor will encourage students to explore new ideas, and to examine different points of view.

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. Discuss how court decisions affect labor negotiations.
  2. Evaluate how the local economy affects labor negotiations.
  3. Explain labor trends in your rea.
  4. Discuss labor union activity in your area.
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:
There will be two examinations,( mid term and final), homework, class discussions, and a mock negotiation problem. Class participation, ( which is 200 points, that is 20% of your grade) is not class attendence, but is taking part in the class discussions on the many differnet aspects of labor relations. Homework, ( which is 100 points, that is 10% of your grade) is for you to bring to class any articles from the newspaper,( local or national),  articles that are in the news concerning labor relations etc. The Mock Negotiation problem,( which is 200 points, that is 20% of your grade), is were the class will be divided into two teams, ( Labor and Management) and will negotiate parts of a business contract. The Mid Term examination, ( which is 200 points, that is 20% of your grade), will consist of 25 questions which will be a mixture of multiple choice, fill in the blank, essay and true, false. The Final Test, ( which is 300 points, that is 30% of your grade), will be 48 questions and is comprehensive. The questions on this examination are just like the questions on the Mid Term.  ALL EXAMINATIONS ARE CLOSED BOOK, CLOSED NOTES, AND THERE ARE NO TAKE HOME EXAMINATIONS.  All tests and class assigments must be turned in before you can take the Final Test.  All amke up test must be done within five (5) business days. 


Mid Term                                                200 Points
Class-Participation                                   200 Points
Homework                                               100 Points
Mock-Negotiation                                    200 Points
Final Test                                                  300 Points
Final Grade= Total Points divided by 5
100-90%   1000-900 points=A      89-80%   899-800 points=B     79-70%   799-700 points= C
69-60%    699-600 points = D    59% or less   599 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:
Since timeliness is a critical aspect of management, the instructor will asscess a 10% late penalty on assigments turned after the due date. (This penalty may not be assessed if ther are extenuating circumstances. The instructor will make this decision.)

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Cell phones are to be turned off or set on "vibrate" in the classroom. If you must answer your cell phone, you must leave the classroom to do so. C, of any age, may NOT be brought to class. You may not leave the classroon and re-enter during an exmination; if you leave the classroom, your examination will be considered "COMPLETED" at that time.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1/15/13 Chap 1                                                            2/12/13 Chap 8
1/17/13 Chap 2                                                            2/14/13 Chap 9
1/22/13 Chap 3                                                            2/19/13 Chap 10
1/24/13 Chap 4                                                            2/21/13 Chap 11
1/29/13 Chap 5                                                            2/26/13 Chap 12
1/31/13 Chap 6  Review for Mid Term                      2/28/13 Chap 13  Review for Final Test
2/05/13 Chap 7                                                            3/05/13  Mock Negotiation Problem
2/07/13 Mid Term                                                      3/07/13  Final Test

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

Disability Guidelines:
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