Friday - October 28, 2022
8:15 am – 3:00 pm

At its annual Labor Relations Seminar on Oct. 28, Massachusetts Municipal Human Resources will discuss the implications of having five distinct generations in the current workforce, with the millennial generation expected to make up the majority of the workforce by 2025.

The seminar will open with a keynote presentation by Tonja Mettlach, executive director of the Massachusetts Workforce Association, who will discuss workforce development trends and the impacts of a five-generation workforce on the municipal workplace.

There will be a series of concurrent workshops.

A workshop about leaving civil service will feature a panel discussion with Norwood Police Chief William Brooks III, Franklin Fire Chief James McLaughlin and Needham Town Manager Kate Fitzpatrick.

Arlington Town Manager Sandy Pooler will lead a workshop about “costing out” the contract.

Personnel Director Drew Russo and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Faustina Cuevas, both from the city of Lynn, will lead a workshop about building a diverse hiring policy.

MMA Legislative Director Dave Koffman will give an update on legislative developments, particularly in the areas of human resources and labor relations.

Attorney Jaime Kenny, a partner with Clifford & Kenny, will provide an update on major cases in the labor area.

Registration and a networking breakfast will begin at 8:15 a.m. The program will start at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Lunch will be served.

The seminar will be held at the Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway in Devens.

The registration fee is $90 for members and $110 for nonmembers.

The MMA is currently requiring attendees to show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID (card, photo or QR code). Exemptions are allowed with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours. Masks are optional. These safety protocols are subject to change based on the latest public health data and guidance.


8:15 a.m.
Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:15 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Dolores Hamilton, Stow Assistant Town Administrator, MMHR Chair

9:30 a.m.
Keynote: Trends in Workforce Development & Impacts of a Five-Generation Workforce
Tonja Mettlach, Executive Director, Massachusetts Workforce Association

10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.
Labor Law Update: Major Cases Reviewed
Jaime Kenny, Partner, Clifford & Kenny, LLP

11:50 a.m.
Legislative Update
Dave Koffman, Legislative Director, Massachusetts Municipal Association

12:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops

Exiting Civil Service
John Carmichael, Chief of Police, Newton
Kate Fitzpatrick, Town Manager, Needham
James McLaughlin, Fire Chief, Franklin

Costing Out Contracts
Sandy Pooler, Town Manager, Arlington

Building an Inclusive Hiring Process
Faustina Cuevas, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, Lynn
Drew Russo, Personnel Director, Lynn

3 p.m.

Devens Common Center, Devens

MMA Senior Member Services Coordinator Isabelle Nichols Jenkins,
Massachusetts Municipal Human Resources