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. Each of our faculty members is a volunteer. Their generosity allows the School to keep tuition affordable for working people.  The School is very blessed to be able to call upon this deep network of talented expert lecturers and guest speakers. 

The 2021 Spring Term Faculty

Paul McCarthy

Union Organizational Specialist, Collective Bargaining Associates 

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.

Tom Breslin

Retired Assistant Director of Labor Education, Massachusetts Nurses Association

Tom Breslin has been involved in Labor Education since the mid-1980’s 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

Jim Cooper


Jim’s Bio Coming Soon

Francis X. Callahan

President, Massachusetts Building Trades Council 

Frank Callahan was elected President of the 75,000 member Massachusetts Building Trades Council, AFL-CIO in 2007. Prior to that he served as the Legislative Director for the MA Building Trades Council for 11 years.

Rich Marlin

Legislative Director, Massachusetts Building Trades Council

Currently serving as the Legislative Director of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council. Prior to that he served for 14 years as the legislative Director for the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.

Deb Sullivan

Associate Director of Labor, Massachussetts Nurses Association

Deb’s Bio coming soon!

Howard Lenow

Partner, Lenow & McCarthy, Attorneys at Law

Howard Lenow has been practicing union side labor law in Massachusetts since 1979. His firm, Lenow & McCarthy, focuses on representing public sector labor unions and employees throughout New England, including fire, police, school, corrections, public works, clerical, public authorities, postal workers and others. Howard has been a faculty member at the Labor Guild since 1980. Howard has also served as the lawyer coach of the Wayland High School Mock Trial Team since 2008.

Sean R. Cronin

Massachusetts Department of Revenue- Senior Deputy Commissioner of Local Service

Sean Cronin joined the Baker/Polito Administration as the Senior Deputy Commissioner for Local Services in February, 2015 and serves on the Massachusetts School Building Authority Board as ANF Secretary Kristen Lepore’s designee.  

Prior to joining the Administration, Sean spent the previous 17 years working in Brookline, the last 12 as the Deputy Town Administrator. During his tenure he helped develop fiscal policy that allowed Brookline to retain its AAA credit rating and better address both their OPEB liabilities and outstanding pension liabilities. He also led capital improvement programs to deal with aging infrastructure and invest in programs that yield long-term budget relief such as energy efficiency and new IT systems.

Sean served on the MMA’s Policy Committee on Personnel and Labor, in addition to representing the MMA on the original MSBA Advisory Board. Sean served as a Fiscal Policy Analyst in the Fiscal Affairs Division of ANF and as Deputy Budget Director for the Executive Office of Public Safety during the Weld Administration. He holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.



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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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