Welcome to the IRL 101 (Introduction to Industrial Relations) Home Page. On this page you will find a variety of materials including the course syllabus and reading list, the term-paper handout, and the reading guide. These are all materials you have been given in hard copy. You will also find here internet assignments, announcements such as changes in the class schedule, exam announcements, and links to many interesting and useful world-wide web pages.

Schedule and Office Hours
You can find Cliff Donnís teaching schedule and office hours for the current semester here.

 
 

Syllabus and Reading List
You will find a copy of the course syllabus and reading list here in a slightly different format from the one you were given in class. You will find the description of the course, the "expectations" for the instructor and for you, the planned dates for topics and activities and the reading list. If you lose your copy, you can print out a copy of this one.

Term-Paper Handout
Here you will find another copy of your term paper outline in case you donít have yours with you when you need it. You should look at this carefully before you do each of the steps in preparing the paper; i.e. before you select a topic, before you do your outline and list of sources, before you do your thesis and conclusions, and several before you write any draft of the paper. Requirements with regard to style are specified here as are the criteria by which the paper will be evaluated.

Students are required to give credit to the sources they use in an appropriate manner. You should familiarize yourself with these requirements and other requirements with regard to style for papers in the IRHRM department by reading the material under format and style very carefully.

Library Reserve List
This is the reserve list of materials which has been sent to the library. If you are having trouble locating something on reserve, please check this list to make sure it was placed on reserve.

 

Reading Guide
You should consult the Reading Guide in this class often. You should look at it as you do each reading because it tells you what material to concert on for note taking. You should look at it after you have done each reading to make certain your notes contain all of the important material. You should look at it again each time you study for an exam since it indicates which materials are the most important in each reading.

Arbitration and Mediation Cases
You are welcome to attend arbitration or mediation cases with Cliff (although you should not use this as an excuse to cut other classes) as an observer to see what they are like.  There is a sign-up sheet on his office door but you can look at the cases which are currently scheduled here.

Lists of Terms
Terms for World of Work
Terms for Public Policy
Terms for Human Resource Management
Terms for Unions and Collective Bargaining
Terms for Alternative Systems

Announcements (including computer assignments)
Announcements of schedule changes and computer assignments can be found here. Check frequently for changes and for your computer assignments.  You may also find mention of summer jobs or internships posted here periodically.  You will also find information here about professional meetings you might want to attend.

Exam Information
The schedule of examinations includes dates, what the exams will cover and will contain the questions from the final examination from last semester so that you can see what the exams will look like. Any changes in the exam schedule will be posted here as well.

World-wide Web Links
The AFL-CIO is the central trade union federation to which most large labor unions in the United States belong. It is the "official voice" of the trade union movement in the United States.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics is a source of a tremendous amount of information about employment, prices, collective bargaining, wages, benefits, and labor unions. If you spend time here youíll find a huge amount of information.
The Department of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management at Le Moyne College has its own web page which was created and is maintained by Professor Tom Clifton. This page has lots of useful information about our department and its faculty and program as well as many useful links to a variety of other organizations.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing a variety of anti-discrimination laws including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (and subsequent amendments), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA) is the most important professional organization in the field bringing together academics, labor, management, neutrals, public servants and others interested in the employment relationship.
The Labor Heritage Foundation attempts to strengthen the labor movement through music and art.  It has links to labor landmarks throughtout the USA and a set of "chants for a lively picket line."
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is the administrative agency of the federal government charged with enforcing the laws governing union/management relations. Youíll find lots of interesting information here.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is charged with protecting the workforce from a variety of hazards. Its web page has lots of information about worker health and safety.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the leading professional body for human resource managers. Le Moyne College sponsors a student chapter of this group. The web page is a wealth of information including information on student memberships and information on how to get started after graduation on a career in human resource management.
There are any number of web sites reporting Supreme Court Decisions. This site enables you to find Supreme Court decisions from 1937 to 1975.
This site is dedicated to combatting sweatshops.  It explains its view of the causes of sweatshops, provides information on how to shop without buying goods made in them, and provides information on how to combat them.