Labor Law: Private Sector - 2211

Labor Law: Private Sector
Class Term:
Fall Term 2020-2021
Catalog Number:
Class Number:
Class Schedule:
2 (2 Contact, 0 Field)
Graduation Requirements:
Experiential Learning
General Enrollment Course
Full Year Course:
Standard Courses

Additional Information

The course concludes with a discussion of the future of labor relations. We will discuss more recent tactics employed by unions and management and engage in a debate as to whether and how the current labor laws should be amended. Classes will be a combination of both lecture and dialogue.

Grading Details

This will also be an experiential class, by which students will be assessed on the basis of real-world simulative exercises writing two (2) Step III grievance reply letters on labor contract interpretation and just cause discipline.  The final writing project will require students to research and write an appeal motion from a lower court upholding a labor arbitration award.The course will be graded S/U.


This course, after a short review of American labor history, will focus almost exclusively on the Pennsylvania and National Labor Relations Act, as well as Act 111 and Act 195, this state and nation’s premier statutes dealing with labor management relations in the private and public sectors, and the model for many public sector state laws covering the field. The course deals with the rights of individual employees, employers, and unions with respect to concerted activity, unionization, the establishment of collective bargaining units, elections conducted by the Pennsylvania and National Labor Relations Boards, and the collective bargaining process. The course will also cover strikes, picketing and handbilling by unions, the current restrictions or limitations on such conduct, and the administration of collective bargaining agreements, grievance processing, and the arbitration of disputes. We will study and critically examine procedural and substantive case law developed by the Pennsylvania and National Labor Relations Boards as well as the Courts, and its impact upon labor-management relations in both unionized and non-union environments.

Labor Law: Private Sector