Madison, Mass. & Mediation: Collective Bargaining During Crisis

The Hon. Harry Hoglander, chair of the National Mediation Board, will be the guest speaker as the Moakley Breakfast Series takes up the topic “"Madison, Massachusetts, and Mediation: Collective Bargaining During Crisis..”

The Moakley Breakfast Series is presented by the Suffolk University Sawyer Business School's Institute for Public Service with The Moakley Foundation. The third session of the series will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2011, in the Jury Assembly Hall at the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse, One Courthouse Way, on the Boston waterfront.

The collective bargaining discussion occurs as Wisconsin struggles over a bill that would strip state union employees of collective bargaining rights. Hoglander will focus on both the crisis in Wisconsin and its impact for both federal and state public employee unions.

He also will discuss a Mass Bay Commuter Rail dispute that is before the National Mediation Board. If the Mass Bay Commuter Rail issue is not resolved in mediation by March 31, the board may recommend that an appointed Presidential Board resolve the dispute through a process established through the National Railway Act.

Hoglander is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School who is serving a third term on the National Mediation Board and was involved in labor relations as a pilot for Trans World Airlines (TWA).

The Moakley Breakfast Series is designed to carry on the late congressman's legacy of public service by providing a forum for federal, state, and municipal leaders to address key public policy issues.

Congressman Barney Frank kicked off the series in October 2010 with a discussion of the circumstances leading to the financial crisis of 2008. A panel of Massachusetts mayors addressed “What’s Next in Municipal Health Reform” in November.