ARE 150 - University of California, Davis Department of...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Fall 2010 ARE 150: ECONOMICS OF AGRICULTURAL LABOR RELATIONS Lecture: TR 1:40-3:00 pm in Room 146 Olson Discussion: W 4:10-5:00 pm (#51791) and W 5:10-6:00 pm (#51792) in Room 1038 Wickson Class Website: Instructor: Philip Martin-- [email protected] Office hours: Room 2101 Social Science & Humanities (MW 2:00-3:30 pm) tel 530-752-1530 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 you assume leadership positions. 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 labor and land markets, and California’s approach to assist farm workers by granting them union rights. Since definitions of problems suggest solutions, the course begins with definitions of the seasonal farm labor problem and the solutions they suggest. 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, which granted rights to farm workers so they could help themselves. You will read cases in which workers charge that their rights under the ALRA were violated and critique the rulings of Administrative Law Judges and the Agriculture Labor Relations Board that determine whether an Unfair Labor Practice was committed and the appropriate remedy. Part III turns to the economics of the farm labor market. Farm worker unions are non-traditional, favoring boycotts that reduce the demand (and price) of a commodity over strikes that reduce the supply of labor, production, and revenues. Farm worker unions generally cannot control the supply of labor, so partially effective strikes that reduce output can boomerang and raise grower prices and revenues. Most farm workers are immigrants, and the last part of the course examines 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 discussion, you will be part of a 3-5 person union or management team and re-negotiate a labor contract. Teams must explain why the agreement they negotiated was the best that could be obtained for the workers or employer they represent or why they failed to agree. Attendance will be taken in discussion. 2. Course Structure and Grading Assignment Points Number Maximum Review questions * 1 per question 5 problem sets 75-80 Bargaining exercise Team 20, Paper 10 1 30 ALRB Case Critique ** Paper 20, class 10 1 30 Class participation 15 Midterm Exams 90 1 st ; 60 2 nd 2 150 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, November 30,
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 12/14/2010 for the course ARE 150 taught by Professor Martin during the Fall '08 term at UC Davis.

Page1 / 8

ARE 150 - University of California, Davis Department of...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online