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MGMT 653 : Labor Issues in an Industrial Environment

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Labor Issues in an Industrial Environment
In this course, the student conducts a comprehensive study of labor issues that are germane to both the industrial and the aviation environment. The course concentration includes the current issues affecting contemporary labor relations, the evolution of private and public sector bargaining practices, and the contract negotiation process. Specific areas analyzed include the historical evolution of the American union movement, union structure and government, congressional legislation and executive orders, the representative election process, contract administration, grievance procedures, mediation and arbitration, and conflict resolution. The strategic impact the labor movement has had on American industry is analyzed from both the employer and the employee perspective.

This course is designed to allow students to acquire information pertaining to issues applicable to the labor relations process. The structure of the course will entail an intermingling of three distinct areas of concentration which encompass industrial labor relations: a historical perspective of the collective bargaining process; current issues in industrial labor relations; and the contractual negotiation process. The course will explore the various issues relevant to both the employer and employee perspective in the labor relation process. The course will examine past and current labor agreements, as well as the arbitration and mediation processes. One aspect of the class will entail an examination of both the roles and differences between the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the National Mediations Board (NMB), and the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA). Decisions of these agencies, as well as various U.S. Federal Court rulings, will be analyzed in order to emphasize the impact the federal government has had on both historical and contemporary issues related to the labor relations process. In conjunction with the text and class instruction, a research paper on labor relations and/or collective bargaining will be accomplished. The research paper should relate to relatively current aviation industry labor relation issues, or another subject which likely would have a direct impact on aviation labor relations.

Upon course completion, the student will be able to:

1. Explore the significance of the following topics, and their impact on the US labor movement:• Cordwainers' Conspiracy Cases • Railway Strike of 1877 • Sherman Antitrust Act • Pullman Strike of 1894 • Erdman Act • Clayton Act • The National War Labor Board • The Railway Labor Act • National Mediation Board • The Norris-LaGuardia Act • The National Labor Relations Act (Wagner) • National Labor Relations Board • The Fair Labor Standards Act • The Labor-Management Relations Act (Taft-Hartley) • The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (Landrum-Griffin) • Pendleton Act • Public Sector Collective Bargaining, 1962 • Executive Order 10988 • The Civil Service Reform Act • Federal Labor Relations Authority • Professional Air Traffic Controller' Strike of 1981 • Eastern Airlines Strike of 1989 ?2. Explore the historical rational for unionization and collective bargaining in the United States.3. Argue how management has resisted unionization citing specific examples from private industry.

4. Analyze historical and contemporary union membership trends in specific sectors of private industry.

5. Examine basic union security concepts in relation to existing situations in private industry.

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

7. Explore the collective bargaining certification and de-certification process. Cite the various steps associated with the certification/de-certification election process.

8. Define the role of union leadership, focusing upon the duties of the union steward in a craft union, versus one in an industrial union.

9. Appraise bargaining unit determination using a recent representation effort.

10. Cite and analyze unfair labor practice used by management in private industry.

11. Cite and analyze unfair labor practices used by labor organizations in private industry.

12. Differentiate between the role of North American unions, versus those in Europe and Asia.

13. Articulate the steps in the collective bargaining process, including possible strategies/techniques/tactics, as well as the conclusion of the successful process.

14. Explain aspects of commonly occurring issues dealt with in the collective bargaining process, including impasse (and possible resolution methods).

15. List and explain common issues leading to grievances arising in collective bargaining, and available grievance resolution processes.

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). a. Selected Videos from Worldwide Library Support Video Catalog, Heading: MGMT 653 b. Selected Books from local Worldwide campus RAC Collection, Heading: MGMT 653 Note to Instructors: The suggested material listed on this course outline is highly recommended. An individual student or a group of students can use the material. It is recommended that the instructor obtain a copy from the publisher in order to make the appropriate assignments. This way the students will not be burdened with an additional cost. Electronic Resources: - Aviation Week Group Newsletter - Worldwide 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
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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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