Join us for our Upcoming Conferences, Workshops, and Forums

The Guild partners with organizations throughout Boston to deliver quality practitioner-led labor education and professional training on the most relevant issues facing our Labor-Management Community today. Take a look at our offerings below. Don’t see what you need? Contact us about the possibility of planning a day program or set of workshops with the content you most want to see.

Join us for two Wednesday Workshops, led by Patti Legault-Frank!

5/17 | 9:30 am – 2 pm
Meeting Procedures

Meeting chairs: wouldn’t you like to glide through problems at union meetings maintaining that political image of being informed, in control, strong, and fair?  Members: wouldn’t you like to feel more comfortable making motions, debating the issues, and being more involved in the process? Come to the Meeting Procedures Workshop!

Topics covered will include:

Basic Meeting Procedure using Robert’s Rules
Your Organization or Union’s Standing Rules
The Role of the Chair
Member Participation

5/24 | 9:30 am – 2 pm
Bylaws Review

In the Bylaws Review Workshop, we will review the importance and function of bylaws in union democracy. You will learn to understand and evaluate your union bylaws and work with them in relation to the union’s policies and procedures. Finally, we will spend some time on union elections in accordance with the Landrum-Griffin Act and any other governance issues that may interest you.

Topics covered will include:

The importance of bylaws in union democracy
Evaluating your union bylaws
Where Policies and Procedures fit in
The work of your Bylaws Committee
The review and amendment process
Robert’s on formal interpretations – when/how/by whom

This program is designed for union members, officers, organizers, and anyone looking  to improve their skills in these areas.

After each program’s 2 pm wrap-up, attendees can review specific items with Patti in an informal Q&A session.

Patricia Legault-Frank
has been a consulting Parliamentarian and Governance Specialist since 1981. She is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians. Her expertise has been sought by many organizations, including national, state, and local unions; credit unions; school committees; professional organizations; attorneys; universities; social organizations.

Wednesday Workshops are held at The Labor Guild in the Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184.

Register now! Click here.

Join us for one or both workshops. Cost is $69 for one, or $100 for both.

More info: or 781-340-7887

Past Conferences, Workshops, and Forums

Opioid Labor ForumConfronting the Epidemic

Thursday, March 30 | 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Program expert presenters included:

Charlene L. Richardson, MSN, RN, CEN, LNC , Associate Director of Nurses, Massachusetts Nurses Association
Charlene is a Board Certified Emergency Room Nurse who has worked in that capacity for over 20 years. She has a vast experience working with patients under the influence of a large variety of substances. At the MNA, Charlene creates and implements continuing education programs for over 23,000 members around the country.

John Christian, EdM, LADCI, CADC, SAP, President & CEO, Modern Assistance Programs
John is a substance abuse and mental health counselor, criminal justice specialist, and is an expert witness for clients in the Massachusetts court system. He has been in the human services field since 1993 and is an instructor for continuing education classes for the Addiction Counselor Education Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a course assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School.

And a panel of Labor-Management Community Stakeholders directly responding to this crisis: Roger Gill, Health and Welfare Fund Administrator, UA Plumbers Local #12; Hugh Kelleher, Executive Director, Greater Boston Contractors Association (Employers); Donald Markum, LICSW, Director of Behavioral Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA; Jeanne Melvin Ed. M., LMHC, LADCI, CAS, CCDP-D, Clinical Director of Modern Assistance,Modern Assistance Programs; Daniel O’Connor, LADC, CEAP. Community Service Representative, Adcare (EAP).

General topics covered included:

  • Statistics of addiction and the death rates focusing on the most common drugs of abuse
  • Brief overview of the most common drugs of abuse
  • Review treatment options for the various substances patients abuse including alcohol
  • Education and prevention information to include resources for help such as Learn2Cope
  • Narcan Training
  • The Massachusetts Treatment Continuum:  Available services and how to access them

This event was co-sponsored by The Labor Guild, the MA AFL-CIO, the MA Building Trades Council, the MNA, and Modern Assistance Programs.


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