POL 679, Seminar in Public Sector Labor Relations

Murray State University
Fall 1996

Course Description:  An intensive examination of the emergence and impact of unionization and collective bargaining in the public service with emphasis on the role of the public administrator as bargaining agent.  The course concludes with a simulation exercise.

Instructor's name:  Dr. Winfield H. Rose
Office: 553C Business Building South
Office hours:  9:30-10:30 MWF; 9:30-11:00TTh; 1:00-5:00 Th
Phone Numbers: (270) 762-2662 (o); 753-0126 (h)
Fax number: (270) 762-2688
E-mail:  winfield.rose@murraystate.edu
Homepage:  http://campus.murraystate/edu/academic/faculty/winfield.rose/main.htm

Relevant course work in public or business administration or work experience; graduate standing.

Meeting time and place:
Thursday evenings August 26 - December 12, 1996
Classroom BB 551, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Purpose and objective:
An intensive analysis of unionization and collective bargaining in the U. S. public sector.

Required texts:
Richard C. Kearney, Labor Relations in the Public Sector.  New York:  Marcel Dekker, 1992.
Kate Bronfenbrener and Tom Juravich, Union Organizing in the Public Sector: An Analysis of State and Local Elections.  Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1995.

Final examination November 21, 1996.


Method of instruction:  Seminar.

Students will be expected to read their assignments before class and to come to class prepared to discuss them; this includes being able to ask as well as answer questions.  It is the student's responsibility to demonstrate familiarity with the assignment each class meeting.

Note on case analyses:  Outside written work will consist of two case analyses.  Instructions will be distributed separately.  Be sure to follow my "Tips on Good Writing."

Academic Dishonesty:

The policy adopted by the Murray State University Board of Regents on February 14, 1975 and reprinted on page 32 of the 1996-1997 Graduate Bulletin is hereby incorporated into this syllabus..  Failure to abide by this policy will result in serious consequences.

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 Schedule of Assignments

August 29:  Organizational session.

September 05:  Kearney, chapter 1.

Robert W. Galloway, "Why Workers Join Unions."  Texas Town & City, February 1978, pp. 11-12.

National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act) of 1935, 49 Stat. 449.

Labor Management Relations Act (Taft-Hartley Act) of 1947, as amended, 61 Stat. 136 &73 Stat. 519.

September 12:  Kennedy, President John F.  "Employee-Management Cooperation in the Federal Services."  Executive Order 109088, January 17, 1962.

Nixon, President Richard M.  "Labor-Management Relations in the Federal Service."  Executive Order 11491, October 29, 1969.

Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, Title VII: Federal Service Labor-management Relations, 92 Stat. 1191.

Kearney, chapter 2.

September 19:  AFSCME v. Woodward, 406 F. 2d 137 (1969).

City of Charlotte v. Local 660 IAFF, 426 U.S. 283 (1976).

United Federation of Postal Clerks v. Blount, 325 F. Supp. 879 (1971).

Winfield H. Rose, "Recent Developments in Public Sector Labor Relations Law: The Garcia, Jackson Transit, Bowen, and Chicago Teachers Cases." Journal of Collective Negotiations in the Public Sector,  17(3), 1988, pp. 209-221.

Lehnert v. Ferris Faculty Association, 500 U.S. 507 (1991).

September 26:  Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, Public Act 83-1012 as amended by HB 1528 (1985).

Bronfenbrener and  Juravich, Union Organizing in the Public Sector: An Analysis of State and Local Elections.  (Concentrate text rather than tables.)

Kearney, chapter 3.

Joel M. Douglas, "Collective Bargaining and Public Sector Supervisors." Public Administration Review (PAR) November/ December 1987, 47:6, pp. 485-497.

October 03:  Llewellyn M. Toulmin, "The Treasure Hunt: Budget Search Behavior by Public Employee Unions."  PAR March/April 1988, 48:2, pp. 620-630.

Irving Knickerbocker and Douglas McGregor, "Union-Management Cooperation: A Psycyhological Analysis."  Personnel, 19:3, 1942, pp. 520-539.

Kearney, chapter 4.

October 10:  Kearney, chapter 5.

Richard C. Elling, "Civil Service, Collective Bargaining, and Personnel-Related Impediments to Effective State Management: A Comparative Assessment." Review of Public Personnel Administration, (RPPA) 6:3, Summer 1986, pp. 73-93.

Joel M. Douglas, "State Civil Service and Collective Bargaining: Systems in Conflict." PAR 52:2, March/April 1992, pp. 162-172.

October 17:   William J. Bennett, "What Works in American Education, and Why."  Chapter 2 in The De-Valuing of America: The Fight for Our Culture and Our Children.  New York: Touchstone, 1992, pp. 71-91.

 Kearney, chapter 6.

Richard L. Lyons, "The Boston Police Strike of 1919."  The New England Quarterly, June 1947, pp. 147-169.

October  24:   Richard Fearn and David Kuechle, "The New York Sanitation Strike of 1968."  John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1979.

County Sanitation District No. 2 of Los Angeles County v. Los Angeles County Employees Association Local 660, 38 Cal. 3d 564 (1985).

B. V. H. Schneider, "Conferring Strike Rights by Statute: Experience Outside California."  Government Union Review,  Fall 1988, pp. 40-54.

October 31:  Kearney, chapter 7.

Gregory G. Dell'Omo, "Capturing Arbitrator Decision Policies Under A Public Sector Interest Arbitration Statute."  RPPA 10:2, Spring 1990, pp. 19-38.

First case analysis due: Air Traffic Controllers.

November  07:   Kearney, chapter 8.

Michael Marmo, "Arbitration and the Off-Duty Conduct of Employees." Washington, DC: International Personnel Management Association, 1985.  (in toto)

William H. Holley and Kenneth M. Jennings, "Principles and Elements of Discipline."  pp. 302-319 in The Labor Relations Process, 4th ed.  Kryden Press, 1991.

November 14:   Kearney, chapter 9.

Ruth Thomas Billings, "Public Sector Collective Bargaining in Kentucky: A History of Development and Current Status."  Master's thesis, University of Louisville, 1989.  [on reserve, HLW Library]

November  21:  Final examination.

November 28:   Thanksgiving.

December 05:   Simulation exercise.  Second case analysis due: Queen City, NY

December 12:   Simulation exercise.