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!


  • David Kowalski, President and Executive Director – The Labor Guild

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 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. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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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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