This is the homepage for EDG/EDL 510, Labor-Management Relations in the School Setting, at Le Moyne College. Suggestions about this page are most welcome. Please send them to Cliff Donn. The course will be offered for the second time in the Spring 2009 semester.

The syllabus, reading list and class scheule for the course can be found here.
For the Spring 2009 semester, EDG/EDL 510 will be offered Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room 227 of Coyne Science Center.
The principal text for the course is Collective Bargaining in Education: Negotiating Change in Today’s Schools, edited by Jane Hannaway and Andrew J. Rotherham. It is available in paperback and we'll be reading most of it.
Reserve List: The list of items sent to the library to be place on reserve is here. Many of these (but not all) will be accessible by electronic reserve (i.e. from any computer with internet access). See the "announcements" link for instructions in accessing electronic reserve items.
Announcements: Look here for changes in the class schedule, room locations, what to do in case of bad weather, interesting meetings, etc.
Assignments: Changes in any assignments will be listed here. At various times you will also find links to case materials that we'll be using in class.
Citations: This is a rather detailed discussion of plagiarism and citation styles that are acceptable in this class for any written material submitted during the course of the semester. Have a look because normal APA style is not acceptable.
Office Hours: Class schedule and office hours for instructor Cliff Donn
Cases: You are welcome to attend arbitration, mediation and/or fact finding cases with Cliff. However this does not serve as an excuse to miss any of your other classes so please check with your other instructors to make sure that this is not a problem. You can earn extra credit in this class by attending such a case with Cliff and writing a one-page description and analysis of what you observe. In order to attend a case, you must sign up on Cliff's office door. You must also call him the night before to make certain the case has not been cancelled (many are).

Below you will find links to the power point slides used in class. They are arranged by topic and should normally be available by the day before class.


History and Background of Teacher Collective Bargaining
Teacher and Public Sector Unionism
Negotiating Collective Bargaining Agreements
Mediation and Fact Finding
Collective Bargaining and Educational Quality
Grievances and Arbitration
Collective Bargaining and Reforming the Educational System

The links in this section may be useful to you in finding information about Education laws, policies and unions.
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is a union primarily of teachers (but organizing other school personnel as well. It has long been an advocate of collective bargaining for teachers. The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) is the New York State branch of the AFT and the union to which most teachers belong in the Central New York region.
The home page of the National Council on Teacher Quality has a new database that allows you to look at and download collective bargaining agreements and to search them for particular topics. At the moment the only one included for New York State is New York City.
The National Education Association (NEA) is the largest organization of teachers (administrators can join too) in the United States. It initially opposed collective bargaining for teachers but now actively engages in bargaining in districts where it represents teachers or other school employees.
The New York State Education Department is the place to look for a variety of laws and regulations governing human resource issues in public schools.
The New York State Public Employment Relations Board is the agency responsible for overseeing union organization and collective bargaining in New York State's public agencies (state and local) including its school districts. This agency supervises union election and representation procedures, provides assistance in negotiating impasses, rules on improper practices, and in other ways administers and enforces the Taylor Law.
The School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS) represents the interests of school administrators in collective bargaining and other contexts.

The United States Department of Education is the place to look for information on a variety of policies and issues that affect public schools as well as private and religious schools.