Spring 2015
    Law No.: LAW7059
    Sched. No.: 115210421

Labor Law
Section 1
Barr, John
Nagle, David E.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):MW, 1540-1700 (WB104)
Capacity:44 **This information is current as of 05/28/2015 06:15:17 AM**
Current Enrollment:18 **This information is current as of 05/28/2015 06:15:17 AM**

Course Description:

Today’s workplace differs dramatically from that of the 19th and 20th century in which the American labor movement was born. Economic changes such as the rise of the service sector and the mechanization of manufacturing have transformed business enterprises and employment relations. As a result, attorneys for unions, management, and individuals now confront many legal issues that would have been unimaginable to the drafters of the National Labor Relations Act and other federal labor laws. Unions seek to organize part-time and contract workers, interns, and even student athletes. As union density has declined, labor organizations have developed creative techniques to put economic pressure on employers to accept union representation. For their part, employers routinely implement sophisticated strategies of union-avoidance while being careful to comply with legal restrictions on their actions. Attorneys practicing employment and labor law today must understand how the rights and obligations established under federal labor law should shape the advice they give both their union and non-union clients.

We will take a practice-oriented approach to our subject, emphasizing practical exercises and simulations. Discussions will build on a foundation of traditional labor law concepts, but we will apply these principles to today’s rapidly-evolving work environment. We will evaluate which workers and employers are covered by the law and the process by which a union may gain recognition as a representative for collective bargaining. Exercises will allow us to explore rights and obligations in bargaining, unfair labor practices, the regulation of economic weapons available to employees and employers, grievances and arbitration under a union contract, the relationship between an individual and the union representing employee, and the circumstances under which union representation may be brought to an end. In addition, we will study the structure of the National Labor Relations Board, the law and norms of practice before the Board, and appellate review of Board orders. Students will have an opportunity to apply case law and legal principles during classroom sessions focused on union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, and work stoppages.

COURSE REQUIREMENT: Examination with a paper at student's option. NOTE: Students seeking to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement must submit a completed Writing Requirement Intent Form to the Student Records Office no later than February 20, 2015 - retroactive exceptions will not be granted.