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Exciting update: Our  course listings are available for Fall 2019, our 134th term!

Take a look below. Please note that all course listings are subject to change, and courses may be added based on demand.

OUR FALL 2019 TERM WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, September 9!

Courses will run Monday nights until November 4th.
There will be no class October 14th in honor of Columbus Day. 

Please note that courses are subject to change, and some may be added in the coming months. Questions? Contact us at office@laborguild.com 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.

 

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FIRST PERIOD – 6:30–7:40 PM

ADVANCED STEWARD TRAINING
Tom Breslin, Retired Associate Director of Labor Education, Massachusetts Nurses Association

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. To make the course more meaningful, students should bring their own ideas for discussion. It is recommended, but not require.

HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE
Elissa Cadillic, President AFSCME 1526 and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Coalition of Safety and Health (MassCOSH)

As workplace protections are rolled back across the country, we need the tools to keep our employees safe. Do you have an effective Health & Safety Committee? Can you interpret and analyze contractual language? Do you know what your rights are under OSHA or the Public Sector Workers Rights law*? By taking this course, you will find out how to make your H&S committees effective, gather language for your next CBA, learn about hazard mapping, find the resources you need, and hear first-hand experiences about workplace inspections under the new Public Sector law. During the session, you will hear from specialists on how to reduce work-related injury and illness as well as what to do when your employer refuses to implement these methods.

* The law defines a public sector workplace to include counties, municipalities, all state agencies, quasi-public independent entities, courts, bureaus, commissions, divisions or authorities of the commonwealth, political subdivisions, and public colleges and universities.

DE-MYSTIFYING MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT
Lisa Field, Associate Director in the Division of Legislation and Governmental Affairs for MNA and Richard Staiti, Zoning Attorney and Former Selectman and Town Moderator in Town of Canton

Municipal government can be confusing. Who are the players? What happens in a Town Meeting? How does a City Council work? What goes into a municipal budget? Whether you are a public employee involved
in collective bargaining or a concerned citizen who wants to understand the grievance process, this course will cover the nuts and bolts of municipal government.

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DOUBLE SESSION – 6:30-9:00 PM

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING NEGOTIATIONS WORKSHOP
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 introduces the students to all aspects of negotiating a collective bargaining agreement. It includes lectures, educational materials, simulated bargaining sessions, strategy development, and bargaining caucus experience. This intensive course design uses both the 1st and 2nd periods for the full term.

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SECOND PERIOD – 7:50-9:00PM

BUILDING EFFECTIVE COALITIONS
Payton Corbett, Trustee for Teamsters Local 122 and Jennifer Doe, Field Representative for SEIU 509

Learn successful tactics and techniques to build effective labor-management and labor-community coalitions to support collective bargaining, control health care costs, preserve important community resources, and encourage the larger fight for a more fair and just economy.

BURNING ISSUES
Sean Sweeney, Vice President, National Postal Handlers Union, Local 301

Each week we will examine one critical issue impacting workers and the workplace. Guest experts will share their latest insights and strategies surrounding current problems.

WORKER EMPOWERMENT
Tom Raiche, AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison, Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council

Many news pundits point to recent labor strikes as a sign of growing militancy within the U.S. labor movement. Is it militancy or worker empowerment? Through the utilization of case studies, this class will examine recent labor disputes and seek to answer some fundamental questions: What were the issues? What traditional and nontraditional strategies were used? How were the workers engaged and empowered? What lessons were learned?

Questions? Contact us at office@laborguild.com or (781) 340-7887.


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