MG420 Labor Relations

for S2OO 2013

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MG 420 Labor Relations


S2OO 2013 WO


Bobbitt, Harold Andy


Adjunct Instructor


MA Management and Public Administration

Office Location

Fort Leonard Wood Campus

Office Hours

6:00-3:00 M-F

Daytime Phone

(573) 563-7143

Other Phone

(573) 774-5531


Semester Dates

March 21 - May 9 2013

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:20 PM


MG352 and HR 353

Credit Hours


Text Title: Labor Relations : Striking a Balance Author: BUDD Edition/Copyright: 4th Edition Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company ISBN: 978-0-07-802943-1. 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 where students experience real world labor relations situations. I will incorporate lectures, videos, readings and homework assignments into the classroom environment. I believe learning is more relevant and effective when the students practice what they have learned through the class activities. I will expect each student to explore various ways to address and understand labor relations. I also anticipate that each student will share their experiences and contribute to the overall learning process.

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. Discuss the Laws affecting the labor-management relation and the impact of legislation on the disputes through mediation, arbitration, and the courts.
  5. Apply collective bargaining and grievance resolution procedures
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:

Exam 1....20%, (200 points) (closed book/notes)
Participation 10% (100 points)(6.25 points per 16 nights of class).
Research Paper (2000-words)....15% (150 points). This is a university-wide requirement for all courses at the 300/400 level. Length and other expected standards of the paper will be discussed during first class day. Topics will be assigned in the second academic week. Projects are also viable options.
 Mock Collective Bargaining Exercise.....15%, (150 points)
Homework........10%, (100 points) Assignment will be downloaded from Park e-mail or Ecompanion and turned in during class session. Do not e-mail homework assignment to instructor unless requested.
TOTAL = 100% (1000 points)


A-900-1000 points
B-890-800 points
C-790-700 points
D-690-600 points
F-590 points and below

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 assignments will be turned in on time. Late assignments will not be accepted without prior approval of the instructor.

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 walking out of class without prior notification to the instructor will receive an unexcused absence "U" for that day of class. Students are expected to be in class for the entire class period to receive credit for attendance that day. Students should be prepared to take examinations on the day that the exam is administered. During the Collective Bargaining Exercise, if student receive an unexcused absence for that day of class, it will result in a 5 point deduction from the student's grade during this exercise.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Introduction to course / Discuss Chapters 1 & 2, Homework #1 turn-in
Week 2: Discuss Chapters 3 & 4 Select Bargaining Team and Chief Negotiators, Assign 2000-word research paper topic, Homework #2 turn-in
Week 3: Discuss Chapters 5 & 6, , Review for Exam 1, Homework #3 turn-in
Week 4: Exam 1 (closed book / notes), Discuss Chapters 7 & 8, Review Exam 1 results, Collective Bargaining Teams meet, Homework #4 turn-in
Week 5: Discuss Chapters 9 & 10 Discuss Chapters 11 & 13, Discuss collective bargaining process / Homework #5 turn-in
Week 6: Collective Bargaining Team meets, Exam 2 (closed notes/books) / Review Exam 2 results, Collective Bargaining Practical Exercise begins on Thursday of this week.
Week 7: Collective Bargaining Exercise Completed / Research paper/project due day two, Review for Exam 2
Week 8: Exam 2/ Course summary and conclusion.

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.

Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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Andy is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant and Emergency Manager. He is currently a Supervisory Material Systems Specialist with the US Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Andy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Park University and a Master of Arts Degree in Management and Public Administration from Webster University. Andy lives with his wonderful wife of 39 years, Linda, and enjoys fishing and attending St Louis Cardinals baseball games.


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