MG420 Labor Relations

for U1U 2013

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MG 420 Labor Relations


U1U 2013 LU


Percupchick, Harry


AAdjunct faculty


BS Management/HR, MA Managment/HR, DM Management

Office Location

Luke AFB

Office Hours

8:30am - 5 pm

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Class Days


Class Time

4:50 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours



Labor Relations-Striking a Balance, 4th Edition., 2013, McGraw Hill Irwin.
ISBN 978-0-07-802943-1

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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:
Instructor philosophy is to learn by application and exercises. Students will be challenged to think critically and arrive at solutions and possible outcomes.

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 union grievance procedures.
  2. Explain and implement conflict resolution procedures.
  3. Explain bargaing methods and procedures.
  4. Explain mediation and arbitration procedures.
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:

Attendance and participation              80 points
Chapter Study Questions                  120 points
Inclass exrcises                                 150 points
Union Research Paper                      150 points
Research Paper Presentation             100 points
Midterm Exam                                  200 points
Final Exam                                       200 points
Total points                                    1000 points


900-1000  A
800-889    B
700-779    C
600-669    D
0-599        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:
Late assignments will be docked at 10 points per day for 5 days, after the 5th day the assignment will receive a failing grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Everyone will show courtesy and respect at all times.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

*6/4/13  Week 1, Introductions, cover syllabus, select Union for individual research papers covering the history and present day status of that Union (5-10 pages), paper is due in week 8 as well as an individual presentation on the research paper. Cover Chapters 1&2 and chapter study questions.
*6/11/13 Week 2, Cover Chapters 3&4 and chapter study questions; inclass exercise on union bargaining methods and union grievance procedures.
*6/18/13 Week 3, Cover Chapters 5&6 and chapter study questions, discuss labor laws and the history and changes to labor laws over the years. Check on status of Union research paper.
*6/25/13 Week 4, Cover Chapters 7&8 and chapter study questions. Review of Chapters 1-6, Midterm exam.
*7/2/13 Week 5, Cover Chapters 9&10 and chapter study questions. Inclass exercise on conflict resolution and mediation.
*7/9/13 Week 6, Cover Chapters 11&12 and chapter study questions. Inclass exercise on arbitration and union contracts.
*7/16/13 Week 7, Cover Chapter 13 and chapter study questions. Review of chapters 9-12. Check on status of union research paper and individual presentation on reseach.
*7/23/13 Week 8, Final exam, individual union research paper due, individual union research presentations.

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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