2008 CCBC College Catalog

Labor Studies

LBST 108 – 3 Credits
Labor Law I

Explores in detail the policies and procedures of The National Labor Relations Act, as it applies to the three major areas of labor relations: grievances, contract negotiations, and organizing. Students gain practical experience in filing mock NLRB charges and participating in Labor Board hearings. They learn to apply the NLRA to their own workplaces and explore the history of the law and its impact upon the development of the labor movement in the United States.

Prerequisites: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054 and ENGL 052

LBST 109 – 3 Credits
Labor Law II

Builds on the student's knowledge of the National Labor Relations Act and introduces a wide variety of other workplace laws, including both federal and state statutes. Students learn the importance of political action as a method for improving workplace laws and judge the impact of new technology upon the workplace legal system. NOTE: Same as PLAW 109. Credit can be earned for one course only.

Prerequisite: LBST 108

LBST 110 – 3 Credits
Lobbying and Political Advocacy

Discusses the history and practices of the political system in the United States; examines how to prepare legislation and lobby for its passage, as well as the skill and importance of building political coalitions.

Prerequisites: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054 and ENGL 052

LBST 113 – 3 Credits
Grievance and Arbitration

Examines the grievance procedure of a collective bargaining agreement; examines the components of an arbitration case.

Prerequisites: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054 and ENGL 052 or ESOL 052

LBST 134 – 3 Credits
History of American Labor I

Examines the development of the union movement in the United States from the 15th century until the close of the 19th century, as well as an examination of common workplace and social issues. Students will learn various ways of recording history, emphasizing non-traditional workers' history such as oral history, music, and industrial archeology. The course will cover legal, political, and social issues affecting American workers, using videos, music, readings, and interviews to demonstrate the diversity of the American labor movement.

Prerequisites: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054 and ENGL 052

LBST 135 – 3 Credits
History of American Labor II

Examines the development of the union movement in the United States in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as an examination of issues created by the global economy. Students will continue to appreciate the many ways of recording history, with an emphasis on the historiography of the American labor movement. The course will emphasize the legal, political, and social aspects of labor history, using readings, videos, music, and interviews to demonstrate the diversity of the American workers.

Prerequisite: LBST 134

LBST 140 – 3 Credits
Labor in the Movies

Explores the depiction of workers in popular dramatic movies. Students develop the skill of "active watching" and analyze movies in which unionism is a central theme, as well as movies in which individual workers try to change their lives. The class discusses the risks and rewards of organizing as viewed through the lens of commercial movies. Movies which emphasize issues of race, gender, and ethnicity receive special attention.

Prerequisites: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054 and ENGL 052

LBST 215 – 3 Credits
Collective Bargaining

Covers how to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement effectively, with an emphasis on developing good contract language; examines laws covering "good faith" bargaining, and the strategies involved in various methods of dispute resolution.

Prerequisites: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054 and ENGL 052 or ESOL 052

LBST 218 – 3 Credits
Organizing

Serves as a practical guide to both new and internal organizing campaigns; examines how to "target" for organizing, develop a strategic plan for a campaign, handle budget and staffing concerns, and how to conduct "one-on-one" meetings and home visits.

Prerequisites: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054 and ENGL 052 or ESOL 052