Mission Statement

The Institute for Labor Studies & Research (ILSR) is a private, non-profit educational institution that provides education and training to enable working Rhode Islanders and the labor movement to have a stronger voice in the workplace, to participate more effectively in Rhode Island’s changing job market and to create a more just and equitable society.

Providing Education & Training Programs

The Institute provides a wide variety of education and training programs that are responsive to the needs of Rhode Island residents. The Institute’s courses, seminars and workshops range from job skills training, ESL and GED, to labor education and leadership training and on-line courses which are open to members of the labor community as well as the community at large. Additional courses are also offered both as open enrollment or as contracted courses that are customized for unions, businesses or industry and which are conducted either at the Institute or onsite.
Additionally, Institute instructors and staff can design customized trainings to meet the specific requirements of unions, union locals, or other organizations.

Board Of Trustees

Chairperson: George Nee, President, Rhode Island AFL-CIO
Vice Chairperson: Paul A. MacDonald, President, Providence Central Labor Council
Secretary-Treasurer: Lawrence E. Purtill, President, National Education Association, Rhode Island
Executive Director: Robert Delaney

Board Members

Mario Bueno, Executive Director, Progreso Latino
Timothy Byrne, Business Manager, UA Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 51
Ronald R. Coia, Esq., Business Manager, LIUNA Public Employees’ Local Union 1033
J. Michael Downey, President, RI Council 94 AFSCME
Frank Flynn, President, RI Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals
Chief Judge George E. Healy, Jr., RI Workers’ Compensation Court
Nancy Iadeluca, Organizer, UNITE HERE Local 26
William Kennedy, Retired, United Steel Workers of America
Linda McDonald, President, UNAP
Kathy McElroy, President, SEIU 580
Tim Melia, President, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 328
Judge Steven Minicucci, Esq., RI Workers’ Compensation Court
D. Scott Molloy, Ph.D, Schmidt Labor Research Center, University of Rhode Island
Steve Murphy, Business Manager/ Fin. Sec., IBEW Local 2323
Patrick J. Quinn, RI Executive Vice President, SEIU Healthcare 1199/NE
Michael F. Sabitoni, President, RI Building and Construction Trades Council, Business Manager, LIUNA Local 271
Meredith Sidoti, United Auto Workers International Union, District 9
Matthew Taibi, Secretary-Treasurer / Principal Executive Officer, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 251

The ILSR Staff

Robert Delaney, Executive Director
Harlee Nordstrom, Director of Finance
Silvia Melgar, Executive Coordinator
James Riley, Director of Workforce Development
Sabine Adrian, Adult Education Director
Fatima Martin, 
Case Manager / Instructor – Pathways to Apprenticeship
Margarita Martinez, Adult Literacy Program Aide

Contact Information

Institute for Labor Studies & Research
1540 Pontiac Ave, Suite A
Cranston, RI 0920