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Exciting update: Our  course listings are available for Fall 2018, our 132nd 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 Nov 12th, and Graduation will be held on Tuesday, November 13th due to Veteran’s Day.
There will be no class October 8th in honor of the state holiday nor November 5th, for our students occupied the day before Election 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


Jennifer Doe, Field Representative, SEIU 509
Mike Foster, Public Sector Coordinator, SEIU 509

In this class, co-taught by Jenn Doe and Mike Foster of SEIU 509, both career organizers, students will learn the skills, methodology and strategies for effective internal organizing—the best defense against the Janus decision. The class will focus on best practices with many chances to consider and discuss applying your teachings to your own workplaces.


Elissa Cadillic, President, AFSCME 1526; Chair, MassCOSH

DID YOU KNOW THAT PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS WILL BE COVERED UNDER OSHA STANDARDS AS OF FEB. 2019?  NO?  Then this is the course for you! YES? It’s still the course for you. Learn what the updates to the law mean for you, your members, and your employers. Develop tools to make your Health and Safety Committee more effective, or learn how to start one. Learn where to find resources about training, reporting, inspections and complaints. Do you have contract language?  Ever hear of hazard mapping? Not only will you learn what it is, you’ll have an opportunity to test it in your worksite. You’ll hear from specialists on how to reduce work-related injury and illness and what to do when your employer refuses to implement these methods.


Tom Breslin, Retired Assistant Director of Labor Education, MNA

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


David Kowalski, Retired President, UWUA Local 318; Vice President, Labor Guild

It’s no accident that union workers enjoy better wages, benefits, and conditions than non-union workers. By organizing, workers can gain a powerful voice at work. This class will give an overview of how labor struggled for fair wages and social justice from many lenses (economic, political, judicial, and legislative). You’ll gain real insight into the story of unions and corporations, how they formed and evolved, and the powerful forces scheming to reduce or eliminate workers’ ability to band together to control and improve their lives.



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 involves the participants in all aspects of negotiating a collective bargaining agreement, with a special focus on how the Janus vs. AFSCME Supreme Court decision will impact the negotiating process. It includes lecture, educational materials, simulated bargaining sessions, strategy development, and bargaining caucus experience. This intensive course design uses both 1st and 2nd period 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM for the full term.



SECOND PERIOD – 7:50-9:00 PM


Paul Kelly, Partner, Segal Roitman LLP

We’ll review several recent or evolving legal issues impacting unions, including Janus-related issues and efforts to criminalize labor protest.  Learn the rules for operating a labor organization within the framework of the statutes and regulations governing unions in America. This course examines union structures and functions from the ground up, covering: internal procedures, employer interactions, union governance, members rights, local union administration, collective bargaining, Dept. of Labor compliance, and conducting union elections.


PERSUASIVE PUBLIC SPEAKING: Building Effective Presentation and Persuasion Skills
Richard Reilly, Arbitrator
Hugh Boyd, Asst. Business Manager/Treasurer/MBTA Rep., IBEW Local 104

Political candidates hone and practice stump speeches to paint a vivid picture that wins support. Union leaders and community activists must also persuade and communicate effectively with members, managers, and groups in all kinds of situations. Whether discussing changes in labor law and relevant Supreme Court cases, or explaining union positions or benefits, practice and polish your speaking skills in a friendly, supportive environment with guidance and feedback from the instructors.


POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT: What’s in it for Unions?
Lisa Field, Associate Director, Legislative Division, MNA
Paul Jacques,  Legislative Agent, PFFM

Many union members wonder how their union interacts and engages in the political world. Members may disagree with their choices, not understand, or simply fail to see the point. Lisa Field and Paul Jacques are both organizers with years of experience in legislative campaigns and membership engagement. Join them as they explain just how much politics affects unions, your work, and your communities. Not only will you be trained in breaking down tough issues for coworkers, but you’ll gain a better understanding of the labor movement as a whole.


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.


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.

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