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Ethics - Mental Health: Dispute Resolution Mindset

Hot Topics in Contemporary Labor Relations Law Conference 2024
Employment Law |  Employment Discrimination Law
Librado Arreola |  David Born |  Scott A. Gore, JD |  Mary Ellen LaCien
1 Hour 01 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Apr 25, 2024
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Tags: Labor Law


The panel will discuss what Unions and Employers should do when faced with mental health challenges in the workplace. Panelists will discuss methods to encourage having the sometimes difficult, but necessary, conversations, and finding the available resources.  A specific example from the construction industry and how the health and welfare funds have responded will be highlighted. After attending this session, attendees will:

  1. Know how to respond to mental health challenges in the workplace
  2. Learn how to identify triggers of an emerging mental health issue
  3. Be able to prepare, in advance and develop a plan to deal with these issues and situations. 


Librado Arreola's Profile

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Marco, McGuire & Arreola, LLC

Librado has been practicing law since 1990. Librado worked for nine years at the National Labor Relations Board, Chicago Regional office, and was a Trial Specialist. He serves as counsel to several unions and to a number of multiemployer ERISA benefit funds, including pension, welfare, and training and apprenticeship funds, in a variety of industries. He currently serves as the General Counsel to the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, AFL-CIO, located in Washington, DC.

His practice focuses on counseling unions regarding governmental compliance issues, internal union governance, enforcement of collective bargaining agreements, including all aspects of NLRB representation, and unfair labor practice work and labor arbitration, as well as negotiating collective bargaining agreements and defending the " duty of fair representation" lawsuits and NLRB charges.

In the context of representing ERISA multiemployer funds, Librado provides counsel regarding governmental compliance issues, including advising Trust Funds on Department of Labor investigations, collection litigation, drafting procedures for collecting delinquent employer contributions, drafting Summary Plan Descriptions, revising plan documents, plan interpretation issues, advising Trust Funds on benefit eligibility and related issues, subrogation issues, providing legal advice at Trustee meetings, counseling Fund Administrators and staff, advising relevant parties of their fiduciary duties, advising clients of recent pertinent legislation, defending benefit funds in benefit eligibility litigation and negotiating and preparing contracts with service providers.

Librado is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. He has spoken on items of interest concerning labor and employee benefits law and has delivered presentations at both the local and national levels concerning, among other issues, the duty of fair representation, practice before the NLRB, and representing immigrant workers. He has also appeared in the federal and state courts in Illinois, and before the Illinois Appellate Court. Librado is fluent in Spanish.

David Born's Profile

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Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service (FMCS)

Commissioner David Born has worked for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) in the Chicago area for over 20 years. He previously served as the Regional Director of the former Chicago Region covering Illinois, Indiana and southern Wisconsin for over 5 years. Mr. Born and his local colleagues mediate labor and employment disputes in several sectors including private, public and federal. In his current role, Mr. Born provides services including grievance mediation, labor- management committee training and facilitation, relationship development and training programs, and other conflict resolution training. During his FMCS career, Mr. Born has had the honor of

being involved in several unique projects such as two missions to Haiti to establish conflict resolution systems and teach mediation skills in the garment industry; participate in the Department of Education's initiative to promote collaboration between school boards and educators; and since 2010 has worked with the City of Chicago Labor Management Committee for Healthcare, a two- time FMCS grant recipient for collaborative programs. Prior to Mr. Born’s employment with FMCS, he worked for the Teamsters in Chicago as an organizer, grievance representative and negotiator. He also worked for the National Labor Relations Board as an investigator and hearing officer. Mr. Born

earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Scott A. Gore, JD's Profile

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Laner Muchin

Upon graduating law school in 1989, Mr. Gore served as a trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago for four years. While at the NLRB, Mr. Gore’s litigation results were consistently among the top within the Region and earned Mr. Gore two merit awards. Mr. Gore joined Laner Muchin, 1994 and became a Partner in 1998.

Mr. Gore has represented Employers in cases before Federal and State Courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators. He has also lectured and advised employers concerning a wide range of labor topics including collective bargaining, representation matters and before the NLRB on a wide variety of topics that fall under the National union election campaigns and NLRB matters. He has also handled numerous wage and hour cases and employment discrimination matters.

Mr. Gore has served as counsel to many public and privately owned corporations including a national waste disposal company, major grocery chains, charter schools, a nationwide mortgage lending company as well as numerous employers in Chicago’s produce industry and Chicago’s construction industry.

Mr. Gore is a member of the American Bar Associations. In November, 2023 he was named by Crain’s Chicago Business as Notable Leaders in Employment and Labor Law and has been named one of the Leading Lawyers in Illinois, based on a statewide survey of lawyers from 2014-2023. Leading Lawyers comprise less than 5% of all lawyers in the state. Mr. Gore was also named one of Labor Relations Institute Top 100 Labor Lawyers in America.

Mr. Gore is a graduate of Indiana University and received his J.D. degree cum laude from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mary Ellen LaCien's Profile

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Mary Ellen has a MSIR from Loyola University. She worked as a Field Examiner at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for 7 years and as a Mediator for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) for 9 years prior to starting her own mediation practice. At FMCS, the core work was mediating collective bargaining and discrimination disputes, and training labor and management in communication, conflict resolution and interest-based bargaining. In addition, she worked with schools in establishing peer mediation programs and training students in communication,problem-solving and conflict resolution.

In her mediation practice, she primarily mediates employment discrimination claims. She also works with students on developing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills. SEL skills encompass self awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.