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HRM 586 Week 6 Course Project

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Labor Relations Course Project

Guidelines | Course Project Topics | Grading Rubric


There is a written course project due at the end of Week 6. It should be 1520 pages in length
(excluding the cover/reference pages). Your work must be double-spaced with one inch margins
and should use one of the five approved style formats (APA or MLA are preferred). You may
select one topic from the list below.

You should choose a labor relations topic that is of interest to you. This could be an idea that: (a)
comes out of one of the class case studies, (b) something you have wanted to investigate for a
long time and have not had time for, (c) a labor relations issue that is pressing at work and needs
a solution, or (d) a recommendation that you want to make to your organization's labor relations
professionals or to your union.

Your paper should be organized in such a way that you integrate the following elements into your
A clear thesis that consists of at least two main points

Introduction section with a detailed background/history of the topic

Literature review that incorporates research that supports your assertions on the topic

Recommendation section where you will explain what you have learned and how you
propose to alter or amend the situation discussed


Course Project Topics

1. White collar unionism in the United States in the next decade: an attempt to predict its
future size and shape

2. Managerial resistance to unionism: how deeply rooted, how widespread and how logical
is it?

3. Crime and organized labor: how much connection is there?

4. Corruption in the Teamsters Union

5. The role of personality in American labor union history

6. An evaluation of organized labors relationship with the black community

7. Samuel Gompers and John L. Lewis: a comparison of two labor giants

8. The advisability of eliminating all post-1932 collective bargaining statutes and letting the
parties go back to the pre-Wagner Act law of the jungle.

9. The NLRBs tilt to management in the 1980s and early 1990s and then to labor: Are there
any lessons to be learned from these developments?

10. The influence of Ronald Regan and George Bush on organized labor between 1981 and

11. The influence of Bill Clintons Presidency on organized labor

12. Managements replacement worker strategy after the air traffic controller strike: how
potent and how fair a weapon?
13. An evaluation of the influence of COPE, the AFL-CIOs Committee on Political

14. The local union meeting and the problem of poor attendance: what, if anything, can be
done about it?

15. The expulsion of the Teamsters from the AFL-CIO for corrupt influences: did it make
any real difference to either the Teamsters or the federation?

16. The declining incidence of strikes in the United States and some possible explanations

17. Mediation: an assessment of its potential value

18. Technological innovation as a cause of strikes

19. The role of violence in strike and lockout situations

20. An appraisal of procedures to expedite the arbitration process: mini arbitration and
grievance mediation

21. Legal issues in the private arbitration process

22. Effective use of the grievance procedure for settlement of disputes

23. Choose one of the economic supplements discussed in the text. Research the
development of the benefit in collective bargaining contracts since World War II. Be sure
to address yourself to the major advantages of the supplement and its future development

24. Right-to-work laws: desirable public policy?

25. Trends in the area of management prerogatives

26. Quality of work life programs: are they nothing more than a fad?

27. The health insurance issue and collective bargaining

28. Plant closedowns and WARN.

29. The PATCO strike revisited

30. Future of unions in the U.S.

31. Union mergers: problems and opportunities.

32. History of a particular labor union with which you are familiar
33. Impact of right-sizing or downsizing on labor relations

34. The UPS strike

35. The rise and fall of Ron Carey

Grading Rubric

Content (60%)

Points / %

The Background component provides any necessary historical information and assumptions used
in the paper, and any other information the reader might need to better understand the
forthcoming elements of the paper.

23.4 / 15%

Scope/Depth of research literature review. You should research the Internet and other sources
to provide support for your opinions and assertions. The "literature" might exist in your

46.8 / 30%

Recommendations. Write a LARGE recommendation/solution part. Explain what you have

learned and how you would change or fix the situation.

62.4 / 20%

Use of sound logic

23.4 / 15%


156 / 60%

Editing (10%)

Points Deduction (Per Occurrence) / %

Spelling Error

Punctuation/Grammatical Error


Sentence Meaning Unclear


Misstatement of Fact


Total (Not to Exceed)

26 / 10%

Organization (20%)

Points / %

Introduction: thesis statement contains at least two main points

16 / 8%

Body text follows order of topics and main points derived from the thesis statement

8 / 4%

Content sub-divisions follow outline

8 / 4%

Conclusion summarizes, complements thesis; contains new information

8 / 4%

Total (Not to Exceed)

52 / 20%

Documentation - Incorrectly Cited or Missing (10%)

Note: All must appear in approved format.

Points Deduction (Per Occurrence) / %

Title Page



Citations in Text




Total (Not to Exceed)

26 / 10%

Category Totals

Possible Points / %


156 / 60%

Organization and Cohesiveness

52 / 20%


26 / 10%

Documentation and Formatting

26 / 10%


260 / 100%