This course covers the fundamentals of Industrial Relations in the United States. It addresses the historical roots of the labor movement and its social and economic underpinnings. The major Federal laws governing the relationship between unions and employers are covered. The issues of union organizing, contract negotiations, impasses and strikes, contract administration and grievance systems are discussed. The key differences between unions in the public and the private sector are addressed. The trends in Industrial Relations are addressed, including labor-management cooperation, the decline of U.S. unions and the impact of globalization on U.S. unions. Union avoidance through good Human Resource practices is discussed.