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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Labor Relations (BUS-317)


Varies (self-study, self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

April 2024 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: describe the legal and regulatory framework governing labor-management relations in the United States; describe the history of union-management relationships in the United States and key issues impacting the level of unionization; evaluate the similarities and the differences in the structure and governance of unions and business organizations; describe the process of collective bargaining and the negotiation process, including procedures for resolving impasses; identify and describe the key elements in administering the contract, including progressive discipline; describe the role and process in resolving disputes regarding interpretation and application of the collective bargaining agreement, including the grievance and arbitration procedures; compare and contrast the similarities and the differences among private sector, federal and state public sector labor relations; and identify characteristics of labor relations systems in other countries.


Labor Relations is an undergraduate course that focuses on interactions between labor unions and employers, by exploring the key dimensions of labor history, legal frameworks, and the practice of collective bargaining. Other topics include public sector unionism and global manifestations of union activity; exploration of how labor-management dynamics in the United States have evolved amidst global economic shifts and market internationalization; and strategies for both union resistance and proactive labor relations management.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Business, History, Sociology, or Government/Political Science (4/24).