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15th Annual Labor Arbitration Conference

Friday, October 10, 2014

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 Edward Goddard, Vice President of Labor Relations
Kindred Healthcare
Wrentham, MA

Paul Reed, President
Rhode Island State Association of Firefighters
Providence, RI

Matt Taibi, Secretary-Treasurer
Teamsters, Local 251
East Providence, RI

Mark A. Wahlgren, General Manager/VP
McLaughlin & Moran, Inc.
Cranston, RI

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

1. The Interplay Between Statues, Regulations, and Bargaining

Speakers Gerard P. Cobleigh, Esq.
Cobleigh & Giacobbe
Warwick, RI

Charles A. Ruggerio, Deputy City Solicitor
Providence City Solicitor’s Office
Providence, RI

2. Arbitration and Social Media: Where Employee Free Speech Butts Heads With Employer Policy

Speakers Marc D. Greenbaum, Arbitrator
Auburndale, MA 

Beth Anne Wolfson, Arbitrator
Dedham, MA

3. The Medical Marijuana Act and its Impact on Labor/Management Relations

Speakers George Rinaldi, Esq.
Chief Legal Counsel for State Labor Relations
Labor and Employment Practice Group
Providence, RI

Christopher Lambert, Attorney/Staff Representative
RI AFSCME, Council 94
North Providence, RI

11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

1. When Contracts and Statutes Collide

Speakers: Michael D. Chittick, Esq.
Adler Pollack  & Sheehan, P.C.
Providence, RI

Elizabeth Wiens, Esq.
Gursky/Wiens Attorneys at Law
North Kingstown, RI

2. Arbitrator Peeves ABout The Use of Arbitration

Speakers: Gary D. Altman, Arbitrator
Brookline, MA  02246

Michael C. Ryan, Arbitrator
Freeport, ME

3. Successfully Mounting and Fending Off Arbitrability Challenges

Speakers: Joseph P. Sassi, Esq.
Associate General Counsel for Labor and Employment
Roger Williams University
Providence, RI

Jennifer Azevedo, Esq.
Assistant Executive Directors/UniServ
National Education Association-RI
Cranston, RI

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

1. Management Rights and Related Bargaining Obligations

Speakers: James A. Parisi, Field Representative
Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals
Providence, RI

Andrew B. Prescott, Esq.
Nixon Peabody
Providence, RI

2. Interactive Discussion: Advocate Expectations/Survey of Arbitrator Views on Difficult Issues


John Van N. Dorr, III, Arbitrator
Dover, NH 

Mary Ellen Shea, Arbitrator
Amherst, MA

3. How Legislative Action Impacts Collective Bargaining


Ralph Ezovski, National Representative
Warwick, RI

Peter Ruggiero
Ruggieiro Brochu
Warwick, RI

2:15 - 2:30 - Break
2:30-3:30 p.m. How to Effectively Use the Grievance Mediation Process
Speakers: Joseph Kelleher, Commissioner
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Warwick, RI Michael Mullane, Field Representative
Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals
Providence, RI

Anthony D. Rizzotti, Esq.
Littler Mendelson
Boston, MA