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MGMT 643 : Labor Issues in Air Transportation

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Labor Issues in Air Transportation
Current labor issues specific to air transportation and the historical and regulatory aspects of these issues are the theme of this course. Topics include the union movement in aviation, including public policy decisions, judicial rulings, early collective bargaining, and labor legislation. Additional topics emphasized are representation elections, the collective bargaining process, contract administration, and conflict resolution (grievance procedures). The primary focus of the course will be on current issues in labor relations and the effect private and public sector labor/management practices have, and have had, on the aviation industry. The impact of labor/management relations on human resource management will be analyzed.

This course is designed to provide the student(s) with a practical working knowledge of labor/management relations’ terminology, applications, regulations, and enabling legislation. The emphasis will be on the ‘real world’ applications the student(s) will experience. Sections of actual labor agreements, as well as cases from arbitrator decisions, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the National Mediation Board (NMB), and the courts will be used to illustrate and emphasize the contemporary issues of collective bargaining and labor/management relations in the aviation industry. Supplemental to the text and class instruction is the simulation of a contract negotiation that can be completed either manually or with a computer. Negotiations will cover a wide range of both economic and non-economic factors. The student(s) can negotiate either directly with the computer, with one another, or in teams.

Upon course completion, the student will be able to:

1. Explore the significance of the following topics, and their impact on the U.S. labor movement: • Origin of Labor Relations Law • The Railway Labor Act • National Mediation Board • The Norris-LaGuardia Act • The National Labor Relations Act (Wagner) • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) • The Fair Labor Standards Act • The Labor-Management Relations Act (Taft-Hartley) • The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (Landrum-Griffin)

2. Explore the historical rational for unionization and collective bargaining in the United States, the functions of the bargaining unit and its regulation and authority with an emphasis on the statutory definition of interstate commerce, employer, & employee: • Collective bargaining process under the Railway Labor Act • Jurisdictional Standards of NLRB

3. Analyze historical and contemporary union membership trends in specific sectors of private industry. Explain how and why unfair labor practices under the Railway Labor Act are based on precedents established by NLRB rulings. Analyze specific case studies to determine the key elements of conflict resolutions/grievance procedures.

4. Evaluate the various types of unions that currently exist throughout private industry.

5. Explore the collective bargaining process.

6. Recognize rights and responsibilities of unions and management.

7. Cite and analyze cases of the bargaining process and outcomes. Review, interpret and synthesize case administrative law related to the aviation industry and its potential application to current issues in the industry.

8. Explore the administering of the labor agreement. 3

9. Apply the labor relations process to different labor relation systems. Describe and explain the salient issues that define the current labor-relations environment within the aviation industry.

10. Cite and analyze unfair labor practices used by labor organizations in private industry. Understand and analyze significant events that occurred in aviation labor relations from 1978 through 1998 for their potential application to current activity in the aviation labor environment.

11. Explore the global approach and differentiate between the roles of North American unions, versus those in Europe and Asia.

12. Conduct a bargaining simulation, negotiate a virtual collective bargaining agreement, using either a computer simulation or a non-computerized format that is comparable to many collective-bargaining agreements in the aviation industry.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments will be prepared in American Psychological Association (APA) format according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.), 2010. (ISBN: 1-4338-0561-8). Kaps, R. W. (1997). Air transport labor relations (1st ed.). Chicago, IL: Southern Illinois University Press. ISBN: 0-8093-1776-1 Smith, J. R., & Golden. (2005) Collective bargaining simulation (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education. Electronic Resources: - Aviation Week Group Newsletter - WW Academic Standards Faculty Resource Center

Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Zara Sette, J.D - 2/12/2015
Timothy Holt - 2/12/2015
Dr. Aaron M. Glassman - 2/12/2015
Dr. Bobby McMasters - 2/12/2015
1-7 Master of Science in Management 1. Management Concepts and Skills
Utilize Management Concepts and Skills in solving problems and making improvements within organizations and / or real world situations.
2. Ethics
Apply Ethical and Regulatory basis of Management in strategic and tactical aspects of planning, executing, monitoring and controlling with organizations and/or real world situations.
3. Quantitative and Financial Analysis
Apply and interpret the fundamentals of Quantitative and Financial analysis to management problems and/or projects.
4. Communication Skills
Use Communication skills to develop defendable positions using data and information from diverse sources and apply problem solving strategies to reach scientifically defendable solutions. Present reports, analysis, and recommendations in written and oral forms in a professional manner that is persuasive and understood by Audience / readers of diverse ages, cultural, experience, and educational backgrounds.
5. Research Skills
Use Scientific Research skills to collect data and use those data to thoroughly understand complex and multi-dimensional situations. Be able to organize themes, explain concepts and theories, provide technical definitions and establish overall credibility. Be able to design and conduct appropriate research projects to solve problems in manufacturing, production, distribution and sales of products.

6. Communication Skills
Use computer, video conferencing, and presentation technology to locate, collect, store, manage, and disseminate information and design and deliver technical, professional, and personnel presentations.
7. Critical Thinking Skills
Use critical thinking to explore all aspects of complex and multidimensional situations and evaluate the impact and consequences of decisions on different audiences and to develop defendable positions using data and information from diverse sources. Be able to apply problem solving strategies to reach logically defendable solutions to technical and personnel situations and operations.

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