Fall 2018: School of Labor-Management Relations


6:30-9:00 pm Mondays Sept. 10- Nov. 12.

The price is the same for one or two classes. Note: if you are only taking one course, please choose “no class” for the period you are not participating in. 

If you are signing up for the double-session Negotiations Workshop, please choose “no class” for the second period.

(See course descriptions below)



Location: 66 Brooks Dr, Braintree, MA


Mondays Sept. 10 – Nov. 12
Evenings 6:30 – 9:00 PM

Please note: This is a preliminary course listing. All classes are subject to change, and classes may be added based on demand. Questions? Contact us at office@laborguild.com or (781) 340-7887.

FIRST PERIOD – 6:30-7:40 PM (Choose one)

Tom Breslin, Retired Assistant Director of Labor Education, MNA
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.

Jenn Doe, Field Representative, SEIU 509

Mike Foster
, Public Sector Coordinator,SEIU 509

In this class co-taught by Jenn Doe and Mike Foster of SEIU 509, both career organizers, students will learn the skills, methodology and strategies for effective internal organizing—the best defense against the JANUS decision. The class will focus on best practices with many chances to consider and discuss applying your teachings to your own workplaces.

Elissa Cadillic, President, AFSCME Local 1526; Chair, MAssCOSH (Boston Public Library)
DID YOU KNOW THAT PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS WILL BE COVERED UNDER OSHA STANDARDS AS OF FEB. 2019? NO? Then this is the course for you! YES? It’s still the course for you! Learn what the updates to the law mean for you, your members and your employers. Develop tools to make your Health and Safety Committee more effective (or learn how to start one). Learn where to find resources about training, reporting, inspections and complaints. Do you have contract language? Ever hear of hazard mapping? Not only will you learn what it is, you’ll have an opportunity to test it in your worksite. And during the session, you’ll hear from specialists on how to reduce work-related injury and illness and what to do when your employer refuses to implement these methods.

WHY UNIONS MATTER: Yesterday and Today
David Kowalski, Retired President, UWUA Local 318
It’s no accident that union workers enjoy better wages, benefits and conditions than a lone, non-union worker. By organizing, workers can gain a powerful voice at work. 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). You’ll gain real insight into the story of unions and corporations: how they formed and evolved, and the powerful forces scheming to reduce or eliminate workers’ ability to band together to control and improve their work lives.


Paul F. Kelly, Partner, Segal Roitman LLP
Lou Mandarini, Executive Director, Mass. Laborers Benefit Funds
We’ll review several recent or evolving legal issues impacting unions including Janus-related issues and recent efforts to criminalize labor protest. Learn the rules for operating a labor organization within the framework of the statutes and regulations that govern unions in America. Examining union structures and functions from the ground up (internal procedures, employer interactions), union governance, member rights, local union administration, collective bargaining, DOL compliance, conducting union elections.

PERSUASIVE PUBLIC SPEAKING: Building Effective Presentation and Persuasion Skills (SOLD OUT)
Richard Reilly, Arbitrator
Hugh Boyd, Asst. Business Manager/Treasurer/MBTA Rep, IBEW Local #104
Political candidates hone and practice stump speeches to paint a vivid picture that wins support. Union leaders and 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 instructors.


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, with a special focus on how the Janus vs. AFSCME Supreme Court decision will impact the negotiating process. It includes lecture, educational materials, simulated bargaining sessions, strategy development, and bargaining caucus experience. This intensive course design uses both 1st and 2nd period, 6:30PM – 9:00PM, for the full term.

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Additional information

First Period

The Steward's Job, Internal Organizing 101, Health and Safety in the Workplace, Why Unions Matter: Yesterday and Today, Negotiating Workshop – In the Era of Janus, No Class

Second Period

Current Legal Issues for Unions Today, No Class