Past Courses

Want to know about our past offerings at Guild School? Take a look at the drop-down boxes below to see full course listings from previous terms. Questions? Contact us at office@laborguild.com or (781) 340-7887.

Fall 2017

FIRST PERIOD – 6:30 – 7:40 pm

 

MEDIA, MESSAGING, AND THE LABOR MOVEMENT
Lisa Field, Associate Director, Legislative Division, Massachusetts Nurses Association Joe Markman, Associate Director, Division of Public Communication, MNA 
This class will focus on media in the context of the labor movement, with an emphasis on how to use media to shift the public perception of unions. Topics covered will include: how to message campaigns, stick to talking points, and speak with reporters and other media representatives. The course will include simulations of talking to reporters and allow students to workshop ideas and practice in small groups.

 

ABC’s OF ARBITRATION
James CooperLabor Arbitrator
John Hanson, Arbitrator and Mediator
Theresa Dowdy, Arbitrator, Mediator, and Educator
Robert Manning, Attorney
 

This course will cover the basics of arbitration: the Supreme Court’s view of arbitration; the arbitration process; the theory of the case based on the issue and evidence; the concepts of just cause, past practice, and more. There will be guest arbitrators in the class every week. Class limited to 15.

 

THE STEWARD’S JOB
Elissa Cadillic, President, AFSCME Local 1526 (Boston Public Library)
The Steward’s job is exciting and sometimes headache inducing but above all one of the most important roles within the Union. Your job is to lead, organize and negotiate with management. You must understand your contractual language, have good problem-solving skills, and recognize that sometimes compromise is the right way to move forward. There are always new things to learn so you can best represent your members while building solidarity in your union.

 

POWER AND STRUGGLE: The Forces that Shaped the Labor Movement
David KowalskiRetired President, UWUA Local 318
This class is a staple for every union member. It is the story of unions and corporations: how they formed and how they have grown. This class will give an overview of how labor struggled for fair wages and social justice from a variety of different lenses (economic, political, judicial, and legislative). This class gives a unique perspective of how unions have been molded into what we are today.

 

 

SECOND PERIOD – 7:50 – 9:00 pm

 

WHEN EMPLOYEE BENEFITS ARE NO LONGER FRINGES
Paul KellyAttorney, Segal Roitman LLP
Lou Mandarini
Executive Director, Mass. Laborers Benefit Funds
Students in this class will be exposed to the practical, day-to-day issues that arise in administering employee benefits for union members and their families. They will also be exposed to the history of health plans, pension plans and other employee benefits in the United States and in Massachusetts. The class will review the principal federal laws (ERISA and the Taft Hartley Act) that regulate private benefit plans as well as state laws that provide pensions and healthcare to public employees in Massachusetts. Everything you wanted to know about employee benefits but were afraid to ask!

 

LEADERSHIP AT EVERY LEVEL
Daniel Butterfield, MSEM, PE, UWUA Local 369, Chief Steward, Eversource
This intensive course is a proactive and unconventional look at leadership: you’ll be building self-knowledge and self-empowerment as you prepare to lead others. At the start of the term, you’ll fill out a survey that assesses your personality type and use this to think about yours and others’ leadership styles. Topics will include Principles of Leadership; Know Thy Self: Understanding Personality Types; Communication: Don’t Just Talk– Why Problem Solving Needs Active Listening; Facilitating Change; Building Secondary Leadership and Good Teams; and Leadership: Pulling it all together.

 

NEXT STEPS FOR STEWARDS: Organizing in the Workplace
Tom Breslin, Retired Assistant Director of Labor Education, MNA
Following a similar structure to last term’s “Next Steps for Stewards: Organizing Around the Grievance Process,” this course will be an in-depth look at the role of the steward. Concepts covered will include: internal organizing techniques, power mapping, and campaign development basics. This course may be taken concurrently with “The Steward’s Job.”

 

PERSUASIVE PUBLIC SPEAKING: Building Effective Presentation and Persuasion Skills
Richard Reilly, Arbitrator
Allyson Every, Executive Director, The Labor Guild
Political candidates hone and practice stump speeches to paint a vivid picture that wins support. Union leaders or community activists must also persuade and communicate effectively with members, managers, and groups in all kinds of situations. Whether discussing changes in labor law and relevant Supreme Court cases, or explaining union positions or benefits, practice and polish your speaking skills in a friendly, supportive environment with guidance and feedback from the instructor.

 

SPECIAL DOUBLE-SESSION OFFERING – 6:30 – 9:00 pm

 

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING NEGOTIATIONS WORKSHOP
Paul F. McCarthy, Union Educational Consultant, Collective Bargaining Associates
Take the mystery out of the bargaining process and learn the inside game of collective bargaining negotiations. This hands-on, nuts and bolts course involves the participants in all aspects of negotiating a collective bargaining agreement. It includes lecture, educational materials, simulated bargaining sessions, strategy development, and bargaining caucus experience. This intensive course design uses both 1st and 2nd period, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM, for the full term.

Spring 2017

FIRST PERIOD – 7:00-8:10 PM

 

UNION MEMBERSHIP 101: Be the Change You Wish to See
Hugh Boyd
Assistant Business Manager/Treasurer/MBTA Rep, IBEW 104
Frustrated by the lack of participation in your union?  Disillusioned that the union does not seem to make a difference? This class will address those and other common issues, giving an overview of why workers join unions to improve their working conditions and how unions make those improvements.  We will also discuss how members can improve and strengthen their unions and the broader labor movement. We all have a part to play in being the change we wish to see in our union, in the labor movement, and during a Trump presidency.

 

STANDING UP FOR WORKERS’ RIGHTS DURING THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY: Grassroots Organizing and Strategy
Rand WilsonCommunications Director, SEIU 888
The new president’s appointments to federal agencies that oversee workers’ rights, organizing, occupational safety and health, and other labor protections appear to be hostile to workers.  Trump’s likely appointment to fill a Supreme Court vacancy may have major consequences for union security and fair share contributions. So called “Right to Work” (for less), already adopted in 26 states, has just passed in Kentucky and will likely spread to New Hampshire and additional states.  Republican-led legislators are also poised to attack state prevailing wage laws.  With Republican majorities in both houses of Congress and a willing president, a proposed federal-level National Right to Work bill could be a serious threat too.  How will the new environment affect labor organizing, union representation, and contract settlements?  What can workers, unions, and other labor organizations do to fight back and win?

 

NEXT STEPS FOR STEWARDS: Organizing around the Grievance Process
Tom Breslin,
 Assistant Director of Labor Education, MNA
Participants will learn strategies on how to supplement and enhance the grievance process by mobilizing around an issue to build membership strategy. Offered based on popular demand, this course will be an in-depth, hands-on coverage of grievance handling and everything it entails.

 

 

SECOND PERIOD – 8:20-9:30 PM

 

RESISTANCE IN A TRUMP PRESIDENCY: Winning Strategies for Progressive Electoral and Legislative Campaigns
Paul Feeney
Legislative Director, IBEW 2222
This class explores modern electoral and legislative campaigns, how unions and union members can make a difference to elect pro-worker candidates, and how they can hold those officials accountable once elected.   We will explore the basics of campaigns: from organization to campaign plans and budgeting to targeting.  We will discuss lessons learned from 2016 and debrief what worked and what didn’t work. We will also explore important parts of a winning campaign: field, messaging, modeling, communications, digital organizing, fundraising, and coalition building, etc.  This class is perfect for anyone interested in how the process works and what it takes to build and execute a viable electoral/legislative campaign. It might even inspire you to run for office yourself.

 

PERSUASIVE PUBLIC SPEAKING: Building Effective Presentation and Persuasion Skills
Richard ReillyArbitrator
Allyson Every
Executive Director, The Labor Guild
Political candidates hone and practice stump speeches to paint a vivid picture that wins support. Union leaders or community activists must also persuade and communicate effectively with members, managers, and groups in all kinds of situations. Whether discussing changes in labor law and relevant Supreme Court cases, or explaining union positions or benefits, practice and polish your speaking skills in a friendly, supportive environment with guidance and feedback from the instructor.

 

THE AMERICAN LABOR RELATIONS SYSTEM: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Kenneth Grace, Esq., 
Partner, Sandulli Grace, P.C.
This popular, continually-updated course explains the legal, economic, and political framework and context of labor relations in US workplaces. Topics covered include: collective bargaining, contract administration, major labor legislation, individual representation and employment law, public vs. private collective bargaining, organized labor’s past contributions, and current challenges and future prospects. This course provides students with excellent handout materials to navigate the topics discussed.

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