Trainers/Facilitators in Interest-Based Bargaining

Tim FitzgeraldTimothy Fitzgerald – Trainer/Facilitator

Timothy Fitzgerald also serves as Co-Director of the District Capacity Project for the MEP. Mr. Fitzgerald has facilitated the interest-based bargaining process on more than 180 occasions, training both the members of negotiation teams and selected community stakeholders, including selectmen, town managers, finance committee members, town personnel managers, town finance advisory members, and mayors. His approach to the IBB process offers a highly-successful alternative to “traditional” collective bargaining. Thus far, 100% of the communities which participated in initial IBB training proceeded with their new interest-based process. Of these, only 17 negotiation teams subsequently reverted to traditional bargaining, while all remaining communities used IBP to reach tentative agreement on all issues and ratify new contracts prior to the expiration of existing collective bargaining agreements. Click here to read Mr. Fitzgerald’s biography.


pic.gaffneyMichael E. Gaffney – Trainer/Facilitator

At the National Academy of Sciences, Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and most recently as an independent consultant, Dr. Gaffney has for 30 years focused his research and teaching on organizational change in the private and public sectors, with particular regard to negotiation. He has provided on-site consulting, training, and facilitation services to over 500 organizations and unions throughout North America and overseas. A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (BS, Nautical Science), Dr. Gaffney worked for several years as a licensed officer and pilot aboard deep-sea and Great Lakes commercial vessels. He later became an anthropologist (MA, New School for Social Research; PhD, Ohio State University) concentrating his studies on the linkage between technology, work, and occupational culture.


John W. HansonJohn W. Hanson – Trainer/Facilitator

In private practice since 2005 as a labor/management arbitrator, mediator, interest based bargaining trainer and facilitator, Mr. Hanson previously worked with the Massachusetts Board of Conciliation and Arbitration, in addition to the Massachusetts Joint Labor/Management Committee for Municipal Police and Fire. From 1985 to 2001, he served as Assistant to two Massachusetts Secretaries of Administration and Finance, overseeing relations between the Secretariat and General Court, municipalities, and human service/education interest groups. He actively participated in the development and passage of the School Improvement Act of 1985. Prior to 1985, he served as Legislative and Political Director for SEIU Local 509. Mr. Hanson holds a BS in Political Science from Northeastern University and his MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Robert McKersieRobert B. McKersie – Trainer/Facilitator

Robert McKersie is Professor Emeritus of Management Behavioral Policy Science at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to his tenure at MIT, Dr. McKersie served on the faculty of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago and as Dean of the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He has served on several presidential commissions, as past president of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, and he is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. Dr. McKersie has authored numerous articles and books related to human resources, industrial relations, and operations management. He received his DBS from Harvard Business School.


Nancy Peace, MEP Executive DirectorNancy E. Peace – MEP Executive Director; Trainer/Facilitator

Nancy Peace specializes in labor-management arbitration, conflict resolution, mediation, and training. Dr. Peace is past President of the Association for Conflict Resolution. She has been a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association, Industrial Relations Research Association and an associate member of the American Bar Association. In addition to 20 years in private practice, she served as a mediator/arbitrator for the Massachusetts Board of Conciliation and Arbitration, is a former professor at Simmons College, and served on President Obama’s transition team for Federal Meditation & Conciliation Service (FMCS). Dr. Peace holds her BA from Ohio Wesleyan University, MSLS from University of Michigan, and DLS from Columbia University.


Mary Ellen SheaMary Ellen Shea – Trainer/Facilitator

An early proponent of interest-based approaches to labor-management relations for Massachusetts school committees and teacher organizations, Mary Ellen Shea has served as an arbitrator, mediator, facilitator and trainer since 1988. She has worked with the Massachusetts Education Partnership since its inception and co-authored the training program for the Interest Based Bargaining Institute. She is also a facilitator with the District Capacity Project, serving as the lead facilitator for a selected school district’s two-year project. Ms. Shea earned her BS from Northeastern University, holds an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and completed the Program on Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Harvard Law School.


pic.sugaRonald K. Suga – Trainer/Facilitator

Ronald Suga holds over 30 years’ experience with the Massachusetts Teachers Association in various roles, including Director of Affiliate Services, Regional Manager, and Uniserv Director. He has served as chief negotiator and field operations director for public school unions through periods economic recession as well as legislative and education reform. Mr. Suga has developed and presented training programs on skill development and critical issues across both Commonwealth and country. His organization and training experience spans educator evaluation, insurance/pension/benefit changes, interest-based bargaining, mediation/arbitration, political organizing, and more. Mr. Suga received his BS from SUNY Oswego and studied further at Bridgewater and Framingham State Universities as well as the International Trade Union Program at Harvard University.