Labor Studies (LABR)



90 Organizing - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course is a practical study of organizing skills. Emphasis is placed on labor and community activism and leadership, organizing techniques and building a culture and capacity for labor and community organizing through analyses of successful campaigns. This course is designed for labor studies majors, union members and all members of the community interested in organizing. (FT) AA/AS.

100 American Labor Movement - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with credit for Labor Studies 101.
This class provides an historical overview of the struggles and philosophy of American workers and their unions. Over the course of the semester the students examine the historical roots of unions, define and discuss different varieties of unionism, and analyze how unions function in both the private and public sectors. This survey of American labor history begins with early American class and race conflicts and the fight against slavery, and ends with an analysis of globalization and labor in the 21st century. This course helps students investigate and seek to understand how class in the United States has intersected with race and gender in the American workplace and American politics. It explores how the American labor movement has suffered from disunity and helped expand the meaning of equality in American society when workers of different backgrounds have stood together to fight for basic rights. This course is intended for anyone interested in the American labor movement, including students who are employees and/or union members, and workers who are in leadership roles or are preparing for leadership positions in their workplace or unions. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

102 Labor Law - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Labor Studies 105.
Labor Law provides an overview of the legal framework and doctrines governing labor-management relations and the workplace rights of minorities and other individual employees. While “Labor Law” generally refers to the National Labor Relations Act or equivalent public sector laws, this class also covers laws that are sometimes referred to as “employment” laws. They include the various discrimination, retaliation, wage, and safety laws that may be enforced by individuals or unions. These laws offer additional ways to facilitate organizing and contract campaigns, as well as grievance handling. Designed to provide practical legal background for the study and practice of labor relations, this course focuses on real problems brought to the class by the students, and it aims to stimulate ways of using the law to build your local unions, as well as to support broader efforts such as organizing temporary workers, coalition work with human rights and environmental groups, and political lobbying campaigns. This course is intended for anyone interested in Labor Law including students who are employees and/or union members, and individuals who are in leadership roles or are preparing for leadership positions in the workplace or in unions. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

104 Collective Bargaining - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course covers major collective bargaining issues including the right to organize, employer/ employee rights and the union, the structure of bargaining, bargaining strategies, the organizing component for setting the “climate” for bargaining, negotiating written agreements, public sector bargaining, impasse and arbitration procedures and mock negotiations. This course is intended for workers who are in leadership roles or are preparing for leadership positions in their workplace or unions. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

106A Grievance Handling - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Labor Studies 104 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with credit for Labor Studies 106.
A practical, problem-solving approach to grievance handling. Investigating, preparing and presenting cases using role-plays. Includes public and private sector procedures in handling grievances. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

106B Arbitration Procedure - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Labor Studies 106A with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with credit for Labor Studies 106.
A continuation of the grievance process with emphasis on the arbitration process. A practical, problem-solving approach in preparing and presenting cases. Includes mock arbitration and the preparing of pre and post briefs. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

108 Labor and Politics - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Labor Studies 135.
This course provides a “how-to” approach to labor’s involvement in political campaigns and elections. It covers the requirements under Political Action Committees (PACs), and the impact of U.S. Labor policies on foreign national employment and politics. It covers the establishment of legislative priorities and discusses the development of alternative political strategies for labor. This course is intended for anyone interested in the political strategy and tactics of the labor movement, including students who are employees and/or union members, and workers who are in leadership roles or are preparing for leadership positions in their workplace or unions. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

110 Administrative Practices - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Labor Studies 108 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Designed to present the concepts of business organization and management for a labor organization including finance, operation, compliance with federal government requirements, (e.g., LM-2 and LM-3) internal organization and the personnel practices of the labor organization as an employer and its role with their unionized employees. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

112 California Workers Compensation - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Labor Studies 110 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
An introduction to the basic California Workers’ Compensation law: the rights of the employee, including the right to obtain medical treatment and be compensated for any disability as a result of the injury, and the role of an attorney in a Workers’ Compensation case. (Does not include Longshoreman or Federal Workers Compensation Laws). (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

122A Shop Steward, Level I - 1 hour lecture, 1 unit (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This hands-on course covers the rights and responsibilities of shop stewards. It emphasizes development of communication and informal problem-solving skills, investigation and preparation of grievances, and interpreting and explaining the contract for members. The class addresses the current or past concerns and issues that students deal with in their workplace. This course is designed for shop stewards, union members, and employees who want to learn basic workplace rights and problem-solving skills. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

122B Shop Steward, Level II - 1 hour lecture, 1 unit (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
The course covers skills and knowledge needed for more advanced shop steward responsibilities, such as recruiting new members, providing new member orientations, and educating members on political and workplace issues. It focuses on organizing members to address workplace issues as a group, helping with contract negotiations, and developing the communication and interpersonal skills to deal with difficult individuals. This course is designed for shop stewards, union members, and employees who want to have a leadership role in their union or place of employment. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

123A Occupational Safety and Health - 1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This hands-on course studies the relationship between work and health through a variety of perspectives, beginning with the history of workplace injury, illness and death in the United States. Students learn the Occupational Safety and Health legislation and its implementation at the federal and state level as well as employer and employee rights and responsibilities; the elements of a successful injury and illness prevention program in the workplace; and how to identify and evaluate hazards and control measures. Students apply the topics covered in the course to problem-solving based on workplace experience and case studies. This course is intended for students who are employees and/or union members interested in improving workplace health and safety. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

124 California Labor Law - 1 hour lecture, 1 unit (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course provides a basic knowledge of the California Labor Code and Wage Orders and the Industrial Welfare Commission. Examples of the uses of Labor Code and Employment Laws are studied. Students learn to apply their knowledge of the laws- -how they are violated and how they are enforced- -to case studies as well as to their current or past workplace experiences. This course is designed for students who are employees and/or union members, as well as workers who are in leadership roles or are preparing for leadership positions in their workplace or unions. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

127 Labor Law for the Public Sector - 1 hour lecture, 1 unit (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course covers legal issues affecting public employee relations on the federal, state, and local levels, including development of public sector unionism, recent collective bargaining legislation, and dispute resolution in the public sector. This course is designed for students who are public sector employees and/or union members, and workers who are in leadership roles or are preparing for leadership positions in their workplace or unions. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page 124. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.