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Administrative Unit: Business Administration Department
Course Prefix and Number: MGMT 375
Course Title: Labor Relations
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Study of management approaches to collective labor agreements. Extensive study of negotiation, grievances and agreement administration. Prerequisite: MGMT 361.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): MGMT 361.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Occasional offering.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

The Labor Relations Process
By Holley, William H./Jennings, Kenneth M./Wolters, Roger S. (Cengage Custom Publishing)
Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining: Cases, Practice and Law
By Carrell, Michael R. & Heavrin, Christina (Pearson)
Labor Relations
By Fossum, John A. (McGraw-Hill)
Labor Relations
By Sloane, Arthur & Witney, Fred (Pearson)
Labor Relations: Striking a Balance
By Budd, John W. (McGraw-Hill)
Course Objectives
  • To understand and appreciate union-management relationships.
  • To review the history and legal basis of the labor relations process.
  • To understand the rights and responsibilities of union and management.
  • To examine the negotiation process.
  • To understand how labor agreements are administered.
  • To examine the potential outcomes of the labor relations process and collective bargaining issues.
  • To apply the labor relations process to different labor relations systems.
    Measurable Learning
  • Describe the labor relations process.
  • Describe the union-management relationship and the role of the union in labor relations.
  • Identify the rights and responsibilities of union and management in the labor relations process.
  • Discuss the historical development of organized and unorganized labor.
  • Describe the development of labor law and the nature of contemporary labor-related regulatory agencies.
  • Describe the factors affecting labor relations organizing campaigns.
  • Discuss the contemporary social environment for bargaining.
  • Describe wages, benefits and non-wage issues in bargaining.
  • Discuss the nature of negotiations and factors affecting them.
  • Describe the nature of negotiation impasses and their resolution.
  • Identify strategies for labor-union-management-government cooperation.
  • Describe the application of the labor relations process to different labor relations systems.
  • Explain the differences between public and private sector labor relations.
  • Analyze labor relations problems in various global scenarios and develop plans for resolving issues.
    Topical Outline:

    This course includes a written and oral presentation component

  • The history of labor-management relations and the collective bargaining system
  • Attitudes and philosophies of employers and unions
  • Phases of the labor relations process
  • Why and how unions are formed
  • The union organizing process
  • Strategies for obtaining union recognition and certification
  • The collective bargaining process
  • Ratification of negotiated labor agreements
  • Employee grievances and the resolution procedure
  • Public sector labor relations
  • Labor relations in multi-national corporations and foreign countries


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Kenneth Akers Date: May 6, 2013
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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