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Exciting update: Our preliminary course listings are available for Spring 2018! Take a look below. Please note that all course listings are subject to change, and courses may be added based on demand.
OUR SPRING 2018 TERM WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, MARCH 12th!
Courses will run Monday nights until May 7th, and Graduation will be held on May 14th. There will be no class on April 16th in honor of the state holiday.
Please note that courses are subject to change, and some may be added in the coming months. Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (781) 340-7887. Please also note that we are continuing with the earlier class time– school will run on Mondays from 6:30-9:00 pm.
FIRST PERIOD – 6:30-7:40 PM
BUILDING EFFECTIVE COALITIONS
Elissa Cadillic, President, AFSCME Local 1526 (Boston Public Library)
Jennifer Doe, Field Representative, SEIU 509
In this current political climate, labor-community and labor-management coalitions are more important than ever. Learn tactics to build effective coalitions to support collective bargaining, control health care costs, preserve important community resources such as libraries, and fight for a more fair and just economy. Brainstorm how to create, target, and “sell” an effective coalition’s mission and messaging. Instructors and guest speakers will share proven tools, strategies, and lessons learned.
James Cooper, Labor Arbitrator
This course provides a hands-on introduction to the agencies involved in the workplace. Top specialists from various agencies will discuss what they do and how their agency works. LRB, EEOC, MCAD, OSHA, DOL, CERC, JMLC, FCMS, MSPB, FLORA, DOJ, ICE, ALJ, DOT, WCB, OFSS, AAA, and more! Issues covered will include: Workers’ Compensation, Wage and Hours, Discrimination, Disability, Organizing, Health Care, and Environmental Issues. Each week will be devoted to a different agency which students can engage through handouts, conversation, and question and answers.
SOCIAL JUSTICE ACCORDING TO DR. SEUSS
Deb Sullivan, Associate Director for Labor, Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA); Adjunct Professor, UMass Boston
A bit of an experiment for us, this class will analyze and discuss the writings of children’s author Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) as a means to have deeper discussions. Who was Dr. Seuss? What does it mean to recognize both the racism in his cartoons and how he conveyed pro-social justice messages to generations of youngsters? How is radical thought suppressed and hidden messages communicated through the written word? What can we take from these books and from writings that we come across every day?
ADVANCED COMMUNICATION SKILLS TO RESOLVE CONFLICT
Paul McCarthy, Union Educational Consultant, Collective Bargaining Associates
This interactive class will help all participants learn and develop leadership techniques to become more proficient in the effective practice of conflict resolution.
SECOND PERIOD – 7:50-9:00 PM
BURNING ISSUES: What Workers are Facing in 2018
Lisa Field, Associate Director of Legislative & Government Affairs, MNA
Each week, we’ll examine one critical issue impacting workers and the workplace. Guest experts will share the latest insights and strategies surrounding issues such as: wage stagnation and income inequality; implications of the Janus case, privatization, and other threats to public sector union membership; the fissured workplace; healthcare in 2018; and our rigged economic and justice systems.
RUNNING A STRATEGIC CAMPAIGN
David Kowalski, Retired President, UWUA Local 318
This class will provide the nuts and bolts necessary to running a strategic campaign. We will review the differences between tactics and strategies; discuss the steps that are part of building and running an effective campaign; analyze example regional campaigns; and workshop ideas and practices in small groups.
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 will include: collective bargaining; contract administration; major labor legislation; individual representation and employment law; public vs. private collective bargaining; organized labor’s past contributions; and more. Through excellent instruction and handout materials, this course will touch on history, current challenges, and future prospects and options for labor.
ADVANCED STEWARDS TRAINING
Tom Breslin, Retired Associate Director of Labor Education, MNA
Back by popular demand, this class will be an advanced session for stewards, which will focus in-depth on a selection of relevant topics. There is large opportunity for this course to be shaped by student interests. If you have ideas about what you would like to see in this course, please let us know at email@example.com.
FAITH AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Instructor TBD, with guest speakers from different faith traditions
This course will explore the call to justice in a number of major religious traditions. With a particular focus on labor rights, we will look at what religious traditions, texts, and leaders have to say about workers’ rights and the fight for justice. Each week will focus on social justice teachings from a different perspective: Catholic Social Teaching; Jewish involvement in the labor movement, past and present; Muslim imperatives of community support and justice; and more.
Registration is available here. If you have any questions, contact the Labor Guild office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (781) 340-7887.
To download a flyer of this term’s course offerings, click here. To apply online for a scholarship or download the scholarship application, click here. To see previous terms’ course offerings, click here.
Our instructors are outstanding practitioners drawn from the ranks of labor lawyers, union officers, management executives, benefit experts, consultants, arbitrators, federal and state agency staff, academics, economists, and social media specialists from Eastern Massachusetts and beyond.