University of Rhode Island’s Schmidt Center

13th Annual Labor Arbitration Conference
Friday, October 19, 2012 Newport Marriott Hotel
25 America’s Cup Avenue Newport, RI


8:30 am- Registration/Coffee

8:45 am – Introduction
Mark M. Grossman, Esq.
Assistant Professor
URI Schmidt Labor Research Center

9-10:00 – Conducting Labor-Management Relations During a Fiscal Crisis


Michael D’Amico, Director of Administration/ Acting chief of Staff
City of Providence
Providence, RI

Ronald R. Coia, Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer
Local Union 1033, LIUNA
Providence, RI

Richard Licht, Director 
Department of Administration
State of Rhode Island
Providence, RI

Paul Saccoccia, National Representative 
National Association of Government Employees
International Brotherhood of Police 
Warwick, RI

10:00 – 10:15 – Break

10:15-11:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

1. Public Sector Bargaining Subjects — Are the RI Court Decisions Shifting the Paradigm of What’s Bargainable and What’s Not?


Vincent F. Ragosta, Jr., Esq.
Law Offices of Vincent F. Ragosta, Jr.
Providence, RI

Edward C. Roy, Jr., Esq.
North Kingstown, RI

2. The Nature of the Offense, the Nature of the Business & the Nature of the Union.


Robert M. Cheverie, Esq.
Robert M. Cheverie & Associates
East Hartford, CT

Louis P. DiLorenzo, Esq.
Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC
New York, NY

3. Opening, Closing and Briefs – What Influences Arbitrators’ Opinions


James S. Cooper, Arbitrator
Boston , MA

John Hanson, Arbitrator
Dorchester, MA

11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

1. Negotiating For and With Retirees


Lori Caron Silveira, Esq.
Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.
Providence, RI

Marc B. Gursky, Esq.
Gursky Law Associates
North Kingstown, RI

2. Healthcare Bargaining- City of Boston and Coalition of Unions


John Dunlap, Chief of Personnel and Labor
City of Boston
Boston, MA

Jennifer Springer, General Counsel/Director of Field Services
SEIU Local 888
Charlestown, MA

3. Disciplinary Arbitrations- An Arbitrator’s Perspective


Theresa M. Dowdy, Arbitrator 
Wakefield, RI

Mary Ellen Shea, Arbitrator
Amherst, MA

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch

1:15-2:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

1. Recent Developments in Deferral to Arbitration under the NLRB and State Law


Tim Cavazza, Esq.
Little, Medeiros, Kinder, Bulman & Whitney, P.C.
Providence, RI

Thomas R. Landry, Esq.
Krakow & Souris
Boston, MA

2. Effective Use of the Grievance Procedure


Don Zimmerman, Vice-President of Human Resources
Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc.
Brockton, MA

Joseph Iadevaia, Field Representative
United Nurses & Allied Professionals
Providence, RI

3. Best Practices in Arbitration, How to Present a Persuasive Case


Laurie Cain, Arbitrator
Simsbury, CT

Joan M. Martin, Arbitrator
Arlington, MA

2:15 – 2:30 – Break

2:30-3:30 p.m. Good Faith Bargaining: Impasse; Privatization; Pre and Post Arbitration


Benjamin M. Scungio, Esq.
Brennan, Recupero, Cascione, Scungio & McAllister
Providence, RI

John Leidecker, Deputy Executive Director,
National Education Association-Rhode Island
Cranston, RI