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14th Annual Labor Arbitration Conference

Friday, October 25, 2013

Newport Marriott Hotel
25 America's Cup Avenue
Newport, RI


8:30 am- Registration/Coffee

8:45 am - Introduction
Mark M. Grossman, Esq.
Assistant Professor
URI Schmidt Labor Research Center
9-10:00 am. Labor-Management Relations – How Are We Doing Now and Where Are We Going
Speakers Joseph Andriole, Vice President
RI State Association of Firefighters
Providence, RI

Robert H. Avery, Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Roger Williams University
Bristol, RI

Peter A. Frazier, General Counsel 
Rhode Island Airport Corporation 
Warwick, RI

Robert A. Walsh, Jr., Executive Director
National Education Association-Rhode Island
Cranston, RI

10:00 - 10:15 - Break
10:15-11:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

1. Scope of Bargaining: Public and Private Sectors


Marc B. Gursky, Esq.
Gursky Law Associates
N. Kingstown, RI

Sara A. Rapport, Esq.
Whelan, Kinder & Siket, P.C.
Providence, RI

2. Strategies for Regaining Control of the Grievance Arbitration Process: Managing Costs, Scheduling, & Hearing Procedures


Philip J. Dunn, Arbitrator
Gloucester, MA 

James M. Litton, Arbitrator
Boston, MA

3. Promotions and Transfers: How to Write Contract Language, Review the Process, and Challenges to the Results

Speakers Stephen M. Robinson, Esq.     
Robinson & Clapham
Providence, RI

Gerard P. Cobleigh, Esq.
Cobleigh & Giacobbe
Warwick, RI
11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

1. Evaluating Eyewitness Testimony


Lawrence Katz, Arbitrator
Newton, MA

Elizabeth Neumeier, Arbitrator
Gloucester, MA

2. Advocates' Strategies in Arbitration


Carly Beauvais Iafrate, Esq.
Law Offices of Carly Beauvais Iafrate
Providence, RI

Jeffrey W. Kasle, Esq.
St Peter & Kasle
Providence, RI 

3.What's New in the Arbitration of Discharge Cases?


Richard G. Boulanger, Arbitrator
Grafton, MA

Tim Bornstein, Arbitrator
Lincoln, MA

12:15 - 1:15 - Lunch
1:15-2:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

1. Analyzing and Evaluating Medical Evidence


Marcia L. Greenbaum, Arbitrator
Essex, MA

Timothy Buckalew, Arbitrator
Wesborough, MA

2. The Impact on Collective Bargaining of the Limitation in Municipal Budgets


Christopher J. Behan, Esq.
Solicitor's Office
Newport, RI

Peter Gingas
Assistant Executive Directors/UniServ
National Education Association-Rhode Island
Cranston, RI

3. How to Enhance Your Chances of Success at Arbitration


Richard D. Zaiger, Arbitrator
Wellesley, MA

Daniel F. Sutton, Arbitrator
Scituate, MA
2:15 - 2:30 - Break
2:30-3:30 p.m.Where Labor Law and Receivership/Bankruptcy Law Intersect

Robert P. Brooks, Esq.
Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.
Providence, RI

Christopher Callaci, Esq.
United Nurses & Allied Professionals
Providence, RI