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.



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

  • Elissa Cadillic, Vice President, The Labor Guild

    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. In addition to serving as Vice President of the Labor Guild, Elissa is also currently the Chair of the Board for MassCOSH.

  • 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.

  • Lisa Field, Associate Director in the Division of Legislation and Governmental Affairs, MNA

  • Richard Straiti, Former Selectman and Town Moderator, Town of Canton

  • Paul F. 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.

  • Payton Corbett, Trustee, Teamsters Local 122

  • Jennifer Doe, Field Representative, SEIU Local 509

    Jennifer Doe has been working forging community labor partnerships and supporting union workers for over 20 year while working at Arise For Social Justice, Pioneer Valley Building Trades, Foundation for a Fair Economy, Laborers’ Eastern Region, Jobs with Justice, and SEIU Local 509.

  • Sean Sweeney, Vice President, National Postal Handlers Union Local 301

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

    Tom Raiche has been a Labor Liaison with the Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council for eight years. He’s also spent 21 years as a member of IAM Local 1726, serving as a Chief Steward and Safety Committee Chair, and in addition to his union service he’s a former member of the Saugus School Committee and Town Meeting.


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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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