COURSE LISTING 132nd TERM GUILD SCHOOL Fall 2018
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 email@example.com or (781) 340-7887.
FIRST PERIOD – 6:30-7:40 PM (Choose one)
THE STEWARD’S JOB
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.
INTERNAL ORGANIZING 101
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.
HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE
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.
SECOND PERIOD – 7:50-9:00PM
CRUCIAL LEGAL ISSUES FOR UNIONS TODAY
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.
POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT: What’s in it for Unions?
Lisa Field, Associate Director, Legislative Division, MNA
Paul Jacques, Legislative Agent, PFFM
Many union members wonder how their union engages in the political world; members may disagree with their choices, not understand or just simply fail to see the point. Lisa Field and Paul Jacques are both organizers with years of experience in legislative campaigns and membership engagement. Join them as they explain just how much politics affects unions, your work and your communities. Not only will you be trained in breaking down tough issues for coworkers, but you’ll gain a better understanding of the Labor Movement as a whole.
PERSUASIVE PUBLIC SPEAKING: Building Effective Presentation and Persuasion Skills
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.
SPECIAL DOUBLE-SESSION OFFERING – 6:30-9:00PM
NEGOTIATING WORKSHOP – In the Era of JANUS
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.
Select First & Second Period choices