MG420 Labor Relations

for S1AA 2013

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MG 420 Labor Relations


S1AA 2013 LC2


Rucker, Laurence K.


Instructor/Adjunct Faculty



Office Location

Can be reached by daytime phone

Office Hours

Mon-Fri 5-8 p.m.

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

14 January - 10 March 2013

Class Days


Class Time

1645 - 22:10 PM



Credit Hours



Labor Relations, Author: Budd; Edition/Copyright 4TH 13; Publisher-Richard D. Irwin, Inc; hardback.  ISBN-100-07-802943-0/ISBN-13978-0-07-802943-1 
Labor Relations: Striking a Balance

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Additional Resources:

Video Tapes: Norma Rea, Hoffa             

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Course Description:
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

Educational Philosophy:
Is to motivate students to learn through exploration of ideas, discussion of contemporary issues, creative thinking and class interactiveness.  This will be accomplished by facilitating student  research, discussions, video presentations, text readings, group presentations, written reports, 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. Explain changes in management due to unionization
  2. Explain grievances/arbitration
  3. Know the functions of the NLRB
  4. Explain collective bargaining/negotiations process
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:
The course will consist of interactive lectures and media presentations.  Students will give oral presentations of assigned readings and participate in class discussions.  Student oral and written presentations will be included in the class participation grade.  Students must read assigned material prior to class meetings and be prepared to dicuss topics.  A research paper of at least 6 but no more than 10 pages, double-spaced, in APA format is required to complete the course.  A mid-term and final exam will be given.  The comprehensive core assessment final is not a take-home exam.  The comprehensive core assessment final is not open book or open note.


100-90=A (4.0 honor points) - 1000 to 900 class points

 89-80=B  (3.0 honor points) -899 to 800 class points

79-70=C  (2.0 honor points) - 799 to 700 class points

69-60=D  (1.0 honor points) - 699 to 600 class points

59 and below=F (no honor points) 599 class points and below

Participation (Attendance-20%)                                                                                                     - 200 points
Two One-page Abstract Papers (Answers to Instructor provided questions -20%)                       - 200 points
Mid-Term Exam (Assessing first two core outcomes;essay, multi-choice-20%)                            - 200 points
Term paper  (Applicable content, supporting evidence, format, grammar and spelling-20%)        - 200 points
Final Exam  (Assess last two core outcomes; essay, multi choice-20%)                                        - 200 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:
All students must make every effort to submit assignments on the required date.  However, if students are unable to turn-in an assignment on time, the assignment grade will be deducted 10 percentage for each day late.  Justifiable assignment date adjustments for medical reasons and students on military TDY must be supported with applicable documentation.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Manage a safe an enjoyable learning environment.  Cell phones are allowed in class.  Students should exercise courtesy to the entire class by discreetly monitoring incoming calls.  Students may leave and return to class quietly as needed.  Class members will respectfully obey the rules of Park University-Lackland AFB Education Services and sign that they have received such instructions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Week 1 - Chapters 1 (Video-Norma Rae)


Week 2 - Chapters 2 & 3 (Abstract Assignment)


Week 3 - Chapters 4 & 5 (Hoffa)


Week 4 - Chapters 6 & 7


Week 5 - Chapter 8 & 9 ( Mid-Term Exam)


Week 6 - Chapters 10 & 11 


Week 7 - Chapter 12 & 13 (Second abstract due)


Week 8 - Review chapters  (Research paper due - Final Exam)




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:
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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