The School’s most prized asset is our dedicated faculty spanning 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 faculty volunteers as a work of social justice. Their generosity allows the School to keep tuition affordable for working people.  The School is very blessed that it can call upon a deep network of talented expert lecturers and guest speakers.



Bios for all of this term’s stellar faculty are coming soon!


  • Allyson EveryExecutive Director, The Labor Guild

Allyson is the Executive Director of the Labor Guild. She took her first Guild classes as a young union steward and organizer, and was elected president of the Boston Globe’s editorial and business union. The later half of her 27-year Globe career was as a manager and writer in circulation marketing and then public relations. Allyson served on the Guild board from 1981-1989, including a term as president. Returning as a Guild volunteer in 2011, she has served as Executive Director since 2012.

  • Daniel ButterfieldMSEM, PE, UWUA Local 369, Chief Steward, Eversource

Daniel Butterfield is a Chief Steward at Eversource with UWUA Local 369. His background includes a 31-year career with Boston Edison, Nstar Electric, and Eversource Electric. He has served as a steward and chief steward for United Utility Workers of America (UWUA) Local 369, and has also organized new members. He is an engineer with a Professional Engineering license and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Northeastern University. In his career, he has focused on career advancement, increased membership, retention and protection of jobs, and negotiating fair and competitive compensation packages.

  • David KowalskiRetired President, UWUA Local 318

David Kowalski’s invovlement with the Labor Guild began in the 1980s, when he was elected president of a small union of 57 people of the then Boston Gas Company. He served as union president for a number of years, and is deeply dedicated to labor education. David has been an instructor at the Labor Guild since 2014.

  • Elissa CadillicPresident, AFSCME Local 1526 (Boston Public Library)

Elissa Cadillic is the president of AFSCME 1526. She has been involved with the union for over 20 years in various positions and continues to advocate for the safety and health of her members. In 2010, after her union went through a series of layoffs, she and other union leadership launched a campaign to save the branches. Ultimately, she was able to rehire every member who wanted to return.  She began teaching this course at the Labor Guild in 2013. Elissa is also currently the Chair of the Board for MassCOSH.

  • James CooperLabor Arbitrator

Jim Cooper has been a labor arbitrator for the past 37 years. He got his start in neutral work as Governor Dukakis’ first appointee to the Masachusetts Labor Relations Commission at age 29. Jim then turned his knowledge and reputation into a career as an ad hoc and panel arbitrator, and has been busy hearing cases ever since. He has been teaching at the Labor Guild since 1984 and won the CGA Boyle Award in 2013.

  • Joe Markman, Associate Director, Division of Public Communication, Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA)

Joe Markman is a multimedia writer, communications professional and web editor with several years of experience writing and editing local news and producing content for targeted audiences. At the MNA, he runs day-to-day communications; develops communication strategies; writes press releases, advisories, and other media content; and trains members on how to speak to media. Prior to joining the MNA, he worked as a reporter for 6 years. 

  • John Hanson, Arbitrator, Mediator

John Hanson is an arbitrator and mediator with a private practice. He serves as the Chair of the Joint Labor-Management Committee for Police and Fire. He was previously the Vice Chair and arbitrator with the Massachusetts Board of Conciliation and Arbitration. This will be his fifth time teach the ABC’s of Arbitration course. He has also taught Arbitration II at The Labor Guild.

  • Lisa Field, Associate Director, Legislative Division, MNA

Lisa Field is a long-time labor and social justice activist. She has held several positions within the labor movement including steward at Fitchburg State University for AFSCME Local 1067, President of AFSCME Local 1067, Staff Representative at AFSCME Council 93, Regional Representative at SEIU Local 888, Field Services Director at SEIU Local 888, and currently Associate Director Legislative Division at the MNA. She began teaching at The Labor Guild in 2015, and has taught courses on Burning Issues and Women in the Labor Movement. 

  • Lou MandariniExecutive Director, Mass. Laborers Benefit Funds

Lou Mandarini has an extensive background in the labor movement and legal field. He is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Laborers Benefit Fund. Prior to this role, he was a partner and attorney at Segal Roitman, LLP. He was also the Labor Director on Elizabeth Warren’s campaign for the senate, and worked in communications and outreach at the MA AFL-CIO.

  • Paul KellyAttorney, Segal Roitman, LLP

Paul Kelly is a trial lawyer, labor lawyer and Fund lawyer advising labor organizations, Taft Hartley Funds and individual workers. In 2010, Paul became a member of the Labor Guild Executive Board. He has been teaching Labor Law at the Guild since 1984. He has also been a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Suffolk Law School– where he teaches Massachusetts Practice– since 1998. He received the Cushing Gavin Award as an outstanding Union attorney in 1996, and has also been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in labor and employment since 2007.

  • Paul F. McCarthyUnion Educational Consultant, 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.

  • Richard Reilly, Arbitrator

Richard (Rick) Reilly is an arbitrator who has handled cases all over the world, travelling from the US to the UK to China. He worked for many years as the Vice President of the American Arbitration Association and was chair of the Massachusetts Joint Labor Management Committee. Rick has also acted in numerous productions with the Beijing Playhouse. 

  • Robert S. Manning, Attorney

Robert is an attorney with extensive experience in union-side legal and business representation, covering private and public sectors in diverse industries. He has represented employees at states, municipalities, and public authorities. He has also represented private units in production, maintenance, hospitals, and labor organizations. His father was an instructor at The Labor Guild and won the CGA award for Labor/Management Counsel in 1984.

  • Theresa M. Dowdy, Mediator, Arbitrator, Educator

Theresa has extensive experience throughout the US in labor/management relations and negotiations, as a neutral, a union attorney, and a management attorney. She represents municipal, state, federal, and private employees and employers in courts and other forums. Theresa also served as an Administrative Law Judge for the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission, and as a teacher and trainer for the Massachusetts Comission Against Discrimination.

  • Tom Breslin, Retired Assistant Director of Labor Education, MNA

In the 1980s, Tom became business manager of his union of technical workers in the Twin Cities, a position which previously had not existed in his local. He has many years of experience in labor education, including teaching junior and senior high school students about labor union history in the St. Paul Public Schools; at the University of Minnesota as an adjunct faculty; and as Assistant Director of labor education at the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA). He began teaching at The Labor Guild in Spring 2017.




  • Allyson Every, Executive Director, The Labor Guild
  • Hugh Boyd, Assistant Business Manager and Treasurer, IBEW Local 104
  • Kenneth Grace, Esq., Partner, Sandulli Grace, P.C.
  • Paul Feeney, Legislative Director, IBEW Local 2222
  • Rand Wilson, Communications Director, SEIU 888
  • Richard (Rick) Reilly, Arbitrator
  • Tom Breslin, Retired Assistant Director of Labor Education, Massachusetts Nurses Association



  • Elissa Cadillic, President, AFSCME Local 1526 (BPL)
  • Lisa Field, Community Organizer, MNA (MA Nurses Assn)
  • Attorneys Paul Kelly and Lou Mandarini, Segal Roitman, LLP
  • Daniel Butterfield, UWUA Local 369, Chief Steward, Eversource
  • David Kowalski, UWUA Local 318 (Utility Workers)
  • Allyson Every, Labor Guild Executive Director



  • George Embleton, Labor Educator and Guild Past President
  • Carol Gustavson, Executive Director, Benefits, Archdiocese of Boston
  • Richard Reilly, Arbitrator
  • Lisa Field, Community Organizer, Mass Nurses Association (MNA); Elissa Cadillic, President, AFSCME #1526 (BPL) and
  • Allyson Every, Executive Director, Labor Guild
  • Edward Collins, IBEW International Rep, 2nd District (New England)
  • Kenneth Grace, Esq., Partner, Sandulli Grace P.C.




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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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