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Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LER)

LER 434 Collective Bargaining and Contract Administration (3) Theory, practice, and economic impact of collective bargaining, including administration of the collective bargaining agreement.

LER 434 Collective Bargaining and Contract Administration (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Upon completing the course, students should be able to identify and explain the concepts, principles and practical application of various types of negotiations between labor and management, understand the basic legal framework governing collective bargaining in the U.S. and the rights of the parties under the law, explain the typical processes of collective bargaining as practiced in industrial, service and public sectors in the U.S., prepare for negotiations/collective bargaining, and negotiate issues. The course will also help students to develop concrete negotiation skills and provide them with the opportunity to apply those skills, with the benefit of observation and feedback. Lastly, the course will introduce students to the contract administration process utilized by unions and employers. Students will become familiar with grievance procedures and arbitration processes and begin to develop basic skills in resolving disputes over the application and interpretation of labor agreements.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: LER 100

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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