Fall 2022: School of Labor-Management Relations


Join us for our 140th Term

$50 per course

  • Monday and Wednesday classes will be run virtually via Zoom and take place weekly from 6:00-8:00 pm.
  • Tuesday classes will be in-person at The Labor Guild and take place weekly from 6:00-8:00 pm.
  • School begins Monday, 9/12, and runs through Wednesday, 10/17.
  • (No School 10/10)

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Session I, 6:00-8:00pm

VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM – Monday Nights – 9/12 through 10/17 (No School 10/10)

Interest-Based Bargaining (IBB)
Arbitrator Michael Loconto Esq.

Class Description: Interest-based bargaining has been around for decades with notable successes in manufacturing, education, healthcare, and utilities. Still, the process represents a different approach to bargaining that centralizes all aspects of the negotiation in joint decision-making. Learn the skills necessary to use an effective IBB approach in your next contract.

IN-PERSON – Tuesday Nights – 9/13 through 10/11

Advanced Steward Training:
Tom Breslin, Retired Associate Director of Labor Education, Massachusetts Nurses Association

Location: Labor Guild Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA, 02184 – Get Directions
Class Description: This course will build on the skills students developed in the Basic Steward Training course by emphasizing Strategic Planning for local unions, member mobilization, and the grievance process. Students will participate in case studies to develop and enhance problem-solving techniques and member mobilization skills. Students should bring ideas for discussion to make the course more meaningful. It is recommended but not required that students complete the Basic Steward Training course.
Bio: Tom Breslin has been involved in Labor Education since the mid-1980s while a graduate student at the University of Minnesota where he was an adjunct instructor in the Labor Education Service. In addition, he served as the Labor Studies Coordinator in the St. Paul, MN public schools teaching Labor History and Labor topics to junior and senior high school students. He has been a Labor Educator at both the Minnesota Nurses Association as well as the Massachusetts Nurses Association. Following his retirement from the MNA, he began teaching at the Labor Guild.

IN-PERSON – Tuesday Nights – 9/13 through 10/11

Union Power Tools:
Ashley Adams

Location: Labor Guild Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA, 02184 – Get Directions
Class Description: Union Power Tools shows union leaders how to build a strong fighting union. Specifically, we cover the topics of charting (also known as “mapping”), running action-oriented and effective meetings, leadership recruitment and development, and how to stage union-building fights in a way that incrementally increases the group’s ability to fight and win – much like a trainer develops a boxer.

VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM – Wednesday Nights – 9/14 through 10/12

Advanced Communications Skills to Resolve Conflict:
Paul McCarthy, Principal, Collective Bargaining Associates-Consultants to Organized Labor

Workshop Description: Students will discuss and practice the mechanics of effective and clear communications to help them become more proficient in working and relating to others. In addition, this class will boost your personal leadership skills, resulting in better interpersonal relationships by learning how to resolve, defuse, and avoid unnecessary conflict. Capable leaders are always good communicators.
Bio: Paul is a Union Organizational Specialist who works closely with union leaders to help solve organizational problems and build union power and effectiveness. He is a valued and seasoned bargaining consultant, organizer, and strategist with over 40 years of experience. Paul’s union leadership skills training programs and his trouble-shooting expertise are provided exclusively to organized labor throughout the United States and Canada.