The Zinnia and Service Workers Local H-56

A Collective Bargaining Simulation
© John W. Budd, 2007

The Zinnia

This is a collective bargaining simulation created by John W. Budd for use in labor relations courses. The collective bargaining agreement (contract, for short) between The Zinnia, a 300-room hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Local H-56 of the International Union of Service Workers and Allied Employees expires on April 30, 2007. Participants must explore the The Zinnia's website and Local H-56's website to learn about the environment and their priorities and constraints. Bargaining can take place in person or if the instructor arranges, via e-mail, chat, or instant messaging.

Simulation participants should act as if they are in Spring 2007 approaching the April 30, 2007 expiration of the contract. The bargaining environment at that time might be different from today's. Similarities and differences between these environments and their implications for the simulation and collective bargaining should be explored in the post-negotiation debriefing.



John W. Budd
Industrial Relations Center
3-300 Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota
329 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0438
jbudd @
Earlier versions of The Zinnia

This simulation accompanies my textbook, Labor Relations: Striking a Balance, 2/e (McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2008), but can also be used by other interested instructors.