Labor-management relations. The legal context, union organizing, grievance administration, collective bargaining. Individual and group simulations used.
This course will provide: (1) an introduction to the collective bargaining and labor relations processes; and (2) practical negotiations and dispute resolution skills.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Instruction will provide theoretical knowledge, and practical applications of that knowledge, through a combination of lectures, case analyses, and exercises. Much of the emphasis will be on practical skills development. Students will participate in negotiating and mediating labor-management issues. Students will represent labor or management in an arbitration exercise, and will subsequently prepare and present the award in that arbitration case. We will encourage in-class discussions and team exercises.
Class assignments and grading
Text readings Preparation of contract proposals A short paper summarizing a current labor relations issue in the news Group preparation of a bargaining notebook A written arbitration award
Written work turned in during quarter 30% Mid-term 25% Final Exam 35% Attendance/class participation/peer evaluations 10%