Ch 13: The Employer-Worker Relationship Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Employer-Worker Relationship chapter of this Intro to Business Syllabus Resource and Lesson Plans course is designed to help you plan and teach the history of labor unions and labor-management issues in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Employer-Worker Relationship chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday History of organized labor Purpose, American history and objectives of labor unions
Tuesday Union agreements and collective bargaining Types of agreements, such as open shop, closed shop, union shop and agency shop; function of collective bargaining and an overview of those involved
Wednesday Mediation and arbitration Reasons for third-party interventions
Thursday Labor-management conflicts Union and management tactics to resolve disputes, including boycotts, strikes, lockouts, injunctions, yellow-dog contracts and strikebreakers
Friday Employee-management issues Workplace violence, pay equity, elder care, executive compensation, child care and drug testing

7 Lessons in Chapter 13: The Employer-Worker Relationship Lesson Plans
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A Historical Outline of Organized Labor in the United States

1. A Historical Outline of Organized Labor in the United States

In this lesson, you'll learn about the development of organized labor and unions in the United States and their current position in the United States economy. We'll also touch upon federal laws that have been developed regulating and protecting organized labor.

Forms of Union Agreements

2. Forms of Union Agreements

While currently in decline, unions are still an important presence in the workplace. In this lesson, you'll learn about different types of union agreements regarding union membership and employment, including open, closed, agency and union shops.

Function of Collective Bargaining

3. Function of Collective Bargaining

The function of collective bargaining is to negotiate work-related issues. Bargaining or negotiating takes place between the employer and the employees. The employees are represented by a collective bargaining unit.

Collective Bargaining Lesson Plan

4. Collective Bargaining Lesson Plan

To help your students learn about collective bargaining and its benefits and pitfalls, this lesson plan includes two video lessons, discussion questions, and a role-playing activity to involve the students in actively exploring the topic.

Mediation & Arbitration: Third-Party Interventions in Organizations

5. Mediation & Arbitration: Third-Party Interventions in Organizations

Some conflicts simply cannot be resolved by those involved in the dispute. This lesson will explain the use of third-party interventions to help disputants resolve conflict they could not solve on their own.

Tactics for Resolving Labor-Management Conflicts

6. Tactics for Resolving Labor-Management Conflicts

Good labor-management relations are a key component to successful business practice. Conflicts can happen and can be destructive. In this lesson, you'll learn about some tactics used for resolving conflicts between labor and management.

Controversial Employee-Management Issues

7. Controversial Employee-Management Issues

The modern workplace is replete with controversy ranging from charges of excessive executive pay to workplace privacy. In this lesson, you'll learn about some current controversial employee-management issues in the workplace.

Chapter Practice Exam
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