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Exciting update: Our  course listings are available for Spring 2019, our 133rd term!

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




Courses will run Monday nights until May 6th, and Graduation will be held on Monday, May 13th due to Veteran’s Day.
There will be no class April 15th in honor of the Patriot’s Day. 



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


The Steward’s Job
Tom Breslin, former Assistant Director of Labor Education, MNA.

The steward’s job is one of the most important roles within the union. Often intriguing and sometimes headache inducing, your job is to lead, organize, and negotiate with management. You must understand your contract language, have good problem-solving skills and recognize that sometime 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.


The American Labor Relation’s System: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Kenneth Grace, Esq., Partner, Sandulli Grace P.C.

This popular, continuallupdated course explains the legal, economic, and political framework ancontext of labor relations in US workplaces. Topics covered will include: collective bargaining; contracadministration; major labor legislation; individual representation and employment law; public vs. privatcollective bargaining; organized labors past contributions; and more. Through excellent instruction and handout materials, this course will touch on history, current challenges, and future prospects anoptions for labor.


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


RETIREMENT: What You Need to Know in 2019
David Kowalski, UWUA Local 318
Mark Smith, Treasurer, AFSCME Local 1700, and Guest Experts.

Whether your retirement is close or decades away, youll receive invaluable information to share with other members of your local, and to think about YOUR retirement preparations.  It is never too early to plan and set your future financial goals. Guest experts will offer their most current information and research. Learn the differences between defined benefit and defined savings/ contribution plans; multi- employer pensions, public and private employer plans. The value of having multiple streams of income throughout your retirement years and the importance of compounding interest over time. Social Security, how it works and the best time to utilize it for your needs. Find out about Medicare benefits and limits, the need for supplemental coverage and access to the Affordable Healthcare Benefits. This is a great course for those looking to design bargaining strategy around retirement benefits.


KEYS TO THE KINGDOM: Unlocking the Secrets of Municipal Finance
Troy Clarkson MPA, Clarkson Consulting and former Town Manager & Guest Speakers.

This course aims to empower workers to understand the finances of municipalities. It is an ideal course for public sector workers, especially municipal employees, who are involved in collective bargaining, or those who seek to lobby municipalities as to how to spend money.


Henry DeGroot, Guild Staff / Boyle Fellow

This course aims to provide an introduction to strategic communications as used in the labor movement. Through lectures, class discussion, film, and guest speakers, the course aims to familiarize students with how communications can be leveraged for social justice initiatives, including an overview of strategic thinking and communications tactics. The course will investigate communications campaigns of the past, as well as new developments in the field including the use of social media. At the end of the course, students should feel empowered to assist in the communication efforts of their union local, as well as apply communication-thinking to all aspects of union organizing.


Registration is available here. If you have any questions, contact the Labor Guild office at 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.

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