The Zinnia and Service Workers Local H-56

A Collective Bargaining Simulation
© John W. Budd, 2020

The Zinnia
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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 soon [as specified by your instructor]. Participants must explore the The Zinnia's website and Local H-56's website to learn about the environment and determine their priorities and constraints. This includes corporate intranet pages and Local H-56's Zinnia bargaining updates. A good starting point is the Getting Started training materials, available as a 9-minute video or pdf handout.

Bargaining can take place in person or if the instructor arranges, via a video calling app, e-mail, or other communication method.

COVID-19 Notes

  • The Zinnia can work well with remote classes because all of the materials are online, and negotiations can be conducted using various online meeting platforms such as Zoom and supplemented as needed by online chat rooms for caucusing, shared Google Docs for proposal refinement, etc.

  • Though there are no dates in the exercise, the setting is pre-COVID-19. I suggest bargaining in a pandemic-free setting, and then during a follow-up debriefing, questions can be raised as to how a pandemic might have changed the parties' relationship and subsequent bargaining.
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    John W. Budd
    Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies
    3-300 Carlson School of Management
    University of Minnesota
    329 19th Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55455-0438
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    This simulation accompanies my textbook, Labor Relations: Striking a Balance (McGraw-Hill Education), but can also be used by other interested instructors.