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.

Our Fall workshop offerings will be announced soon. Join our email list to receive updates and invitations to these events!

There are currently no scheduled workshops or forums. You can find our Fall Term classes through our School of Labor Management Relations here.

Past Conferences, Workshops, and Forums

Unlocking the Mysteries of Just Cause
Presentation by Robert M. Schwartz
Discussion Led By Rand Wilson

Monday Evening, June 5
7-9 pm
Plumbers Local 12 Hall, 1240 Massachusetts Ave in Dorchester

One of the greatest achievements of the union movement is forcing employers to agree to contract clauses guaranteeing just-cause protections. This differentiates union-represented workers from the wider workforce, which is chained to the employee-at-will rule.

All union representatives and active union members should be well-versed on the elements of just cause.

This workshop featured a presentation on the “Seven Basic Principles of Just Cause” by Robert Schwartz, followed by a discussion entitled “Building a Campaign for Just Cause for All,” led by Rand Wilson.

Among the important concepts discussed are: lax enforcement, disparate treatment, mitigating circumstances, extenuating circumstances, progressive discipline, double jeopardy, and due process.

Robert M. Schwartz is a labor lawyer and Labor Guild instructor. He is the author of numerous popular handbooks including Just Cause: A Union Guide to Winning Discipline Cases (available at the workshop at the special price of $10.00).


Rand Wilson is the Communications Director at SEIU 888 and a Labor Guild instructor. He is a longtime labor organizer and is currently involved with Our Revolution– working to fix our rigged economy and broken political system.

Download the flyer here.

For more info, contact us at or (781) 340-7887.

Parliamentary Procedures 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 included: 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 included: 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 reviewed 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 were held at The Labor Guild in the Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184.

Download the flyer here.

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.

Download the flyer here.


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