MGMT 338 Labor Relations Course Guide

Course Description:

A broad treatment of labor-management relations in both the private and public sectors, the course will encompass: 

  • Historical development of the Labor Movement
  • Modern society and Industrial Relations
  • Management philosophy regarding Employee Relations and Organized Labor
  • Labor Legislation and its Social, Economic, and Political Impact
  • Collective Bargaining, its Scope and Process
  •  Contract Administration Principles and Practices
  • Labor Relations Issues and Trends               

As a Franciscan Concern course / Social Justice, this course will view labor relations (through course readings, discussions, and analysis of economic conditions), the “rights and responsibilities” of labor and management through the lens of Franciscan Tradition and Catholic Social Teaching, as well as other critical lenses.  The course will examine labor relations both current and historical, in a capitalist society both in the U.S. and internationally.

Specific, Assessable Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Understand the history and legal protections arising from the Labor Movement, and reaction by management to those events, in the United States.
  2. Understand the rationale and impact of Catholic Social Teaching and the Franciscan Tradition as related to the Labor Movement.
  3. Understand the relationships within the Labor Movement in the United States, as well as with management and government.
  4. Understand the concepts of organizing, contract administration, and contract negotiation.
  5. Demonstrate as a team member collective bargaining skill in contract negotiation, on behalf of labor or management, in a mock negotiation exercise.
  6. Understand the dynamics and strategies used in collective bargaining.
  7. Understand the three major sections of a negotiated contract: Economic, Administrative, and Institutional.
  8. Understand the role of the Labor Movement in public sector organizations, as compared to private sector business.
  9. Understand the differences that exist between labor organizations in the United States and in other industrial societies.
  10. Understand the role of Labor Movement in multinational corporations and globalization.
  11. Understand the role of mediation, arbitration, and other dispute resolution techniques in collective bargaining and grievance consideration.
  12. Understand emerging issues and trends occurring in the workplace, affecting labor-management relations.
  13. Speak and write effectively in communicating questions, opinions, and arguments in all work assigned. 

Course Outline:  

  • Overview of Labor-Management relationship today
  • History of U.S. Labor Movement (1700’s-present)
  • Legal/Legislative reaction to the U.S. Labor Movement
  • Organization of the Labor Movement
  • How Unions are formed
  • Catholic Social Teaching / Franciscan Tradition related to the Labor Movement
  • Negotiation techniques for Collective Bargaining
  • Contract administration, including resolving differences
  • Contractual major issues: Economic, Administrative, Institutional
  • Labor Relations in the Public Sector
  • Labor Relations in Multinational Corporations and other countries
  • Current issues and trends in Labor Relations
  • Mock Negotiation Exercise