School of Labor-Management Relations

Since the Guild School’s founding in 1952, we have been committed to empowering members of the labor-management community through education and collaboration. We hope you'll join us to Learn. Share. Grow.

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Join us in Spring 2024 for our 143rd term! - $50/course

One of our greatest strengths is the tremendous range, knowledge base, and diversity of our membership network. That depth of labor-relations experience is evident in the Guild’s faculty and guest speakers who present our courses and workshops each year.

  • School Session 1 begins Monday, February 26, and runs through Wednesday, April 10.
  • School Session 2 begins Monday, April 22, and runs through Wednesday, May 22.
  • Sign up for as few as 1, or join us for all courses!

This term's classes include:

The Empowered Negotiator, A Collective Bargaining Workshop Promo Image

The Empowered Negotiator, A Collective Bargaining Workshop

Virtual Event

Course Description: In this class, students will learn how to create and combine all of the elements necessary to maximize your advantages at the collective bargaining table. This includes: understanding…

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Power and Struggle, The Forces That Shaped the Labor Movement

Virtual Event

Course Description: When students finish this class, they will have a good understanding of: Where Unions and Corporations came from. Our country before capitalism. How industry started in this country.…

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Foundations of Labor Law

Virtual Event

Course Description: This class will look at the cases and statutes that molded American labor relations from the industrial revolution to the present, from conspiracies in restraint of trade to…

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You Won Your Union Election, Now What? Class Image

You Won Your Union Election, Now What?

Virtual Event

Course Description: This course will provide an overview of each title listed below, with each topic being covered during 1 of the 5 weeks of class: 1) Steward/ Committee member…

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Hot Topics in Workplace Disputes

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to expose students to important developing issues that are facing employees and employers in the workplace today. Hear from experienced arbitrators from…

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Basic Steward Training

Course Description: This course will cover the basic duties and responsibilities of a Shop Steward. Building your skills by emphasizing strategic planning for local unions, member mobilization, recording documentation, and…

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Union Meetings and Robert’s Rules

Course Description: Running a meeting, or exercising your rights as a member, can be challenging. Union bylaws typically require meetings to comply with Robert’s Rules of Order. This course will…

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The Union Difference

There are many benefits to being in a union. In this video we’ll look at ways that being part of a union benefits workers - even if they don’t have a union! Want to learn more on how to start or maintain a union? Are you new to your union or bargaining and ready to learn the skills needed to succeed? To learn more, visit our website or join our School of Labor-Management relations.

Meet Our Faculty

The School’s most valued asset is our dedicated faculty, which spans the full range of labor-relations practitioners: arbitrators, attorneys, full-time union officers and educational directors, labor organizers, corporate employee relations managers, expert consultants, academics, state and federal mediators, state and federal regulatory agency staff, and more.

The generosity of our volunteer faculty allows the School to keep tuition affordable for working people.

Lisa Field

President

Labor Guild Board of Directors

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Elissa C. Cadillic, M.Ed

President

AFSCME 1526, Boston Public Library Employees Union

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Ashley Adams

Organizer, Trainer, Negotiator

Massachusetts Teachers Association

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Tom Breslin

Retired Associate Director of Labor Education

Massachusetts Nurses Association

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Daniel Fogarty

Partner

Sandulli-Grace, PC

Partner, Sandulli-Grace, PC

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Paul Kelly

Partner

Segal Roitman

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Dave Kowalski

Executive Director (Retired)

Labor Guild

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Patti Legault-Frank

Parliamentarian and Governance Specialist

Parliamentarian and Governance Specialist

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Howard Lenow

Founding Partner

Lenow & McCarthy

Founding Partner, Lenow & McCarthy

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Michael Loconto Esq.

Arbitrator

locontoadr.com

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Sheila Mayberry

Arbitrator

National Academy of Arbitrators

Arbitrator, National Academy of Arbitrators

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Paul McCarthy

Principal

Collective Bargaining Associates-Consultants to Organized Labor

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Elizabeth Neumeier

Arbitrator

National Academy of Arbitrators

Arbitrator, National Academy of Arbitrators

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Deb Sullivan

Parliamentarian and Mediator

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Labor School Scholarship Application

Anybody can apply for a Scholarship for the School of Labor-Management Relations. Please submit your application as soon as possible. Scholarships are awarded based on need and amount of support received for the term.