ECON130 Introduction to Labor Relations

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Economics

I. Course Number and Title
ECON130 Introduction to Labor Relations
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
A study of labor-management relations in the United States, with an emphasis on current collective bargaining issues and procedures. The interaction of labor and management organizations will be analyzed within the context of the legal, economic, and structural environments in which they operate.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    1. analyze the roles and attitudes of management, labor, and government as they interact in the industrial relations system;
    2. identify and explain the terms, concepts, and principles common to the discipline of labor relations;
    3. identify and explain the major statutes and court decisions relevant to labor relations;
    4. analyze the structure, process, and content of collective bargaining as conducted in the United States;
    5. describe the basic processes involved in grievance handling, arbitration, and negotiations; and
    6. apply concepts and insights acquired in this course to an analysis and evaluation of labor relations problems.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. The Industrial Relations System
      1. Management
      2. Organized Labor
      3. Labor Relations Law
        1. Common Law
        2. Statutory Law
        3. Court Decisions
    2. Collective Bargaining
      1. The Bargaining Process
      2. Negotiating the Agreement
      3. Administration of the Agreement
      4. Impasses and their Resolution
    3. Collective Bargaining Issues
      1. Wage Issues
      2. Economic Supplements
      3. Institutional Issues
      4. Administrative Issues
      5. Public Sector Labor Relations
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Text: See course syllabus for required text.

Review/Approval Date -2/99; New Core 8/2015; Goals updated 11/2017