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University of California, Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Fall 2009 ARE 150: ECONOMICS OF AGRICULTURAL LABOR RELATIONS Lecture: TR 1:40-3:00 pm in Room 204 Art Discussion: W 4:10-5:00 pm (#12565) and W 5:10-6:00 pm (#12566) in Room 1038 Wickson Class Website: Instructor: Philip Martin-- Room 2101 Social Science & Humanities (MW 2:00-3:30 pm) tel 530-752-1530 DRAFT 1. About the Course This is a course about farm labor, a persisting socio-economic issue in California and an example of the issues you will confront as future leaders. After completing this course, you should be able to explain how agriculture has served as a port of entry for especially Mexican immigrants, how the availability of immigrant workers shaped the farm labor market, and how the state of California regulates the interaction of farm worker unions and farm employers. Since definitions of problems suggest solutions, the course begins with definitions of the seasonal farm labor problem and the solutions they suggest. The rest of the course has four parts. Part I explores the role of farm workers in California agriculture and the history of farm worker unions. Part II examines the impacts of California's Agricultural Labor Relations Act, a law meant to help farm workers to help themselves. In this part of the course, you will read cases in which workers charge their rights under the ALRA were violated and critique the rulings of Administrative Law Judges and the Agriculture Labor Relations Board. Part III turns to the economics of the farm labor market. Farm worker unions are non-traditional, favoring boycotts that reduce demand over strikes that reduce supply because they generally cannot control the supply of labor, so partially effective strikes can boomerang and raise prices and grower revenue. Most farm workers are immigrants, and the last part of the course examines US immigration patterns and policies, including the effects of newly arrived foreigners on US workers, employers, and consumers. Part IV should be educational and fun. Workers organize into unions to negotiate wage and benefit improvements. During the discussion sections, you will be part of a 3-4 person union or management team with the responsibility to re-negotiate a labor contract. Union and management teams must explain why the agreement they negotiated was the best that could be obtained for the workers or employer they represented or why they failed to agree. Attendance will be taken in the discussion sections. 2. Course Structure and Grading Assignment Points Number Maximum Review questions * 1 per question 5 problem sets 75 Bargaining exercise Team 20, Paper 10 1 30 ALRB Case Critique ** Paper 20, class 10 1 30 Class participation 15 Midterm Exams 75 2 150
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Final Exam 100 1 100 Total 400 *The answers are posted on the due date, so no late answers can be accepted. **The case analysis and bargaining papers are due on Tuesday, December 1,
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