UNIT 1.1

In this course, you are being asked to assume the “perspective” of Management. How does "Management Perspective" differ from "Employee Perspective" and how difficult is it going to be for you to think and act like a manager and why?

UNIT 1.2

Please comment about the article The Role of Today's Labor Movement by Dr. Michael Jedel.


UNIT 2.1

An employee without an employment contract may resign his or her employment at any time, for any reason or no reason at all with little debate. However, an employer without a contract is often criticized (and sometimes prohibited) from arbitrarily terminating an employee without a substantial, verifiable business reason. What say you and why





UNIT 2.2

Please comment about the article Labor Law Is Broken, Economist Says by Steven Greenhouse.











unit 3.1

In unionized employment, an employee is simultaneously a company employee and a union member. To which does the person owe his or her allegiance? Or can a person serve two masters? What say you?




unit 3.2

Please comment about the Cato Institute Myth.


unit 4.1

On page 203, our text author makes a distinction between a "doctrinaire" and a "philosophy-laden" organization. Using examples that you may be familiar with what's the practical difference between the two?



unit 4.2


Please comment about the article Industrial Relations in the Global Economy by Morley Gunderson and Anil Verma.













UNIT 5.1


Why are incentive and performance-based pay programs used less often in Unionized settings? Are you familiar with any such programs affecting a Unionized workforce? If yes, please describe the practices.





UNIT 5.2


Please comment on the selected paragraphs from the article: Restrictive Work Practices.





UNIT 6.1



Ordinarily non-economic or non-wage issues are tackled first during a Labor Contract negotiations with wage and benefit issues settled as a package near the end of negotiations. Why is this the case? Do you have any contrary experience? If yes, explain.









UNIT 7.1

What is the most frequent grievance issue that Union represented employees lodge against their Company and why?




UNIT 7.2



Please comment about the article Five Common Grievance Issues from the Steward's Sourcebook.


UNIT 8



Please read http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/30/federal-pay-vs-private-sector-compensation/?_r=0 and answer the following questions:

Do you believe that public sector jobs should be paid and benefited, more than, equal to, or less than comparable private sector jobs and why? How instrumental have public sector unions been in increasing the size and cost of government in the U.S.?