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Research Paper (Synthesis)
The purpose of this assignment is to strengthen your research skills and expand
your knowledge. You will need to research material beyond the class readings to
e an Employee Relations topic in more depth.
You will report your
findings in a 15
18 page paper (not including the title page and reference list).
Scholarly sources from academic libraries should dominate your research.
page paper should contain a
minimum of 30 scholarly sources. If you have a
question about what
constitutes a scholarly source
, please consult a librarian for
Of course, you may use online libraries, such as the one at UMUC.
Given much of the information available via t
he web is not screened for accuracy,
you should be careful in selecting information from this source.
In other words,
website information should be used sparingly and only appropriately (i.e., to
describe a specific company’s program or report a governmen
must be used to reference your sources.
(Course objectives satisfied will depend
upon the student’s topic.)
First you need to select a topic. Please review the list below and select a
ming the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), as amended, t
o meet the
needs of today’s employees and employers.
Should illegal immigra
nt labor be protected under the
Should the National L
abor Relations Act (NLRA) cover
pervisors, as recommended in the 1994 Dunlop
New union organizing trends and tactics in response to the decline of union
membership. The following are examples. Please feel free to pick one or more,
or come up with your own for appro
Should Congress allow unions to form with only a “card
check” (see the
Employee Free Choice Act) procedure
instead of a secret
ballot election? What are the
advantages? Disadvantages? Why hasn’t the Act passed?
Emerging national union strategies
Change to Win is a
coalition of unions
why has it emerged and what are the
advantages of the coalition?
Union strategies to expand outreach t
minority communities. Example: AFL
ging technology. Creating and maintaining
sophisticated websites to educate, target, and communicate
with particular groups, such as tech
savvy Gen X and Gen Y
workers. Using emails, cell phones, faxes, and company
online employee directories to target me
Agency fee concept (also known as assessed fair share)
Union mergers and consolidations are another business
strategy. Example: in February 2005, the Hotel Employees
and Restaurant Employees International Union (HERE)
merged with the Union of
Textile Employees (UNITE).
Why the move from smaller
unions to larger ones?
Impasses and strikes; select an issue or two. Examples:
Should Congress outlaw the use of “permanent
replacements” during st
Advantages and disadvantages to strikes in the public
sector? What are
alternatives to public sector strikes?
The role of third party resolution (mediation, interest
, and med
fact finding in impasses and/or
strikes. Should i
Union v. nonunion workplace dispute resolution. Examples:
Neutral, third party dispute resolution (union) v. managerial
control (nonunion). What are the typical options used? Are
uld traditional union options like arbitration be used more
in the nonunion setting?
New trend to use mandatory arbitration instead of the courts
to resolve employment law claims. Why? Advantages?
Labor and management issues
and privacy. Example:
Electronic monitoring/surveillance of employees in the union
union settings. Are there different rules? Why? If so,
should there be? What are some proposed solutions to address
both the needs of the employer and the emplo
Comparative Labor Relations. Example:
Compare/contrast at least 2
3 countries and their unions
After you choose your topic, you’ll need to
refine the scope
of the paper
and identify the key questions t
Spending time at the beginning of your project to craft a reasonable and clear
scope pays big dividends in the long run; so, don’t short
change yourself by
stepping over this critical
When the scope is too
, the paper
has no depth.
r topic was
teleworking, you might narrow the scope to
examine the critical p
roblems and possible solutions for
After defining your topic and establishing its relevance, you might focus on
se key questions:
What are the major factors promoting and preventing teleworking?
What are the major advantages and disadvantages involved?
What are the best p
ractices for avoiding key pitfalls, such as isolation,
career barriers, or co
Note: You could narrow your focus even further by using one of the key
questions as the primary purpose and identifying
questions. You’ll probably need to do a quick library search to identify
how much information is available
rder to know how to focus your
If there is too much information, you’ll want to narrow your topic
further. And, if there is too little, you’ll need to consider broadening your
topic. The library database is a great tool for helping you do this.
entering a few key words from your topic, it will be easy for you to quickly
determine the depth of the research available on that topic.
Outlining your paper first helps to identify whether all the important facets have
been addressed and whether yo
u have it organized efficiently.
A good outline
serves as the “bones” for your paper. Without these bones, the paper will
he overview outline might be:
tuents’ major concerns
about the topic
Best practices for solving the key problems
** There are a couple ways to orga
nize this section. One is to state the first issue
and give all the constituents’ views about it then move on to issue #2 and do the
same. An alternative might be to discuss all the issues of a particular constituent
group first then move on to all the i
ssues of a second constituent group. There
may be other, equally effective ways to structure this section. How the material
is organized depends, in part, on the information you obtain through the
Checklist for Writing Papers
The paper is posted
at noon (EST)
needs to be posted in your assignment folder
The body of the paper
be at least
ages long, but may not exceed
pages. The paper must also include a Title Page
and a References
(these are not included in the
include an abstract. Points will be deducted for a paper that does not
adhere to this length.
When formatting your paper you will use
1 Inch Margins (Top,
Right, Left, Bottom)
12 pt. Times Roman or Courier F
Proper APA format must be used in all aspects of your paper. You will be
evaluated on this.
Before you submit your
submit it to
turnitin.com. This will provide you with an opportunity to make sure that
you properly cited all of your sources
you submit your paper to be
graded. As a general
, your “originality index” should
The topic is related to this class.
(If it is not, a zero score can be
The purpose of the
paper is clearly stated.
“The purpose of
this paper is to __________.”)
This is also known as your thesis
e focus and scope are clearly and reasonably defined. (State the key
questions you are planning to answer.)
Outlining before writing helps to detect problems
and makes the
experience of writing a paper so much more pleasant