Labor Relations

MASB Takes the Labor Out of Labor Relations

The goal of MASB's Labor Relations Department is to provide high-quality labor relations services to Michigan's public schools without the high charges of profit-oriented firms. We service only school boards, so we understand and appreciate your special needs. Several times a year, the Labor Relations Department sponsors conferences, workshops and institutes that provide board members with timely information on pertinent labor relations topics. We also offer customized in-service programs that are designed to meet the specific needs of your district. 

MASB has regular and adjunct staff who can assist your district either as a chief negotiator or in a supporting role for negotiations with teacher or support staff unions. When a member school district contracts with the MASB, an experienced, qualified professional labor relations consultant is ready to assist your district with its labor relations needs, such as contract analysis, collective bargaining, grievances, arbitrations, fact-finding, MERC hearings and other labor board proceedings.

In-House Negotiators

Joel Gerring, J.D.

Joel began his work with MASB as Assistant Legal Counsel in April 2014. He is a 1996 graduate of the University of Michigan, as well as a 2000 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law.

Joel’s background includes several years working as a medical malpractice litigation attorney. Additionally, he has served as an education policy analyst for the Michigan House of Representatives and as an Administrative Law Judge for the Michigan Administrative Hearing System, adjudicating unemployment matters. Since arriving at MASB he has assisted numerous districts with labor relation and contract matters, with specific “at the table” experience involving bargaining, mediation and fact finding.

Joel and his family reside in Williamston, where he is actively involved as a youth sports’ coach and serves as a member of the school board. 

Kacie Kefgen, J.D.

Kacie serves as Assistant Director of Labor Relations and Legal Services at MASB, and she is licensed to practice law in Michigan. She graduated magna cum laude from the Michigan State University College of Law, where she was a full tuition scholarship recipient. She also holds a B.A., with honors, from MSU’s James Madison College. Before entering law school, Kacie worked for several years doing education policy work for Middle Cities Education Association and the Michigan House of Representatives.

Kacie assists board members and administrators with school law and labor law issues. She also serves as a chief negotiator for school districts that are bargaining contracts with their employee unions.

Kacie lives in East Lansing with her husband, son and cat. She serves on the City of East Lansing Housing Commission. She enjoys running, eating good food and traveling the world.


Mary E. Colton

Mary is the retired Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services for Zeeland Public Schools. During her tenure, she accumulated more than 10 years of extensive experience working with employment law and labor relations. Mary actively maintains her knowledge of Michigan school law. Because of this, she has been able to assist many Michigan school boards as a chief negotiator on behalf of MASB. In addition, she has provided support to several districts in the areas of fact-finding exhibits and developing strategies for hearings. Mary also teaches Board Member Certification Classes and provides labor-related presentations for MASB. Mary is a Teacher and Administrator Evaluation Consultant for EduStaff, Inc.

Rod Green, Ph.D.

Rod is a former school superintendent having served Norway-Vulcan (Upper Peninsula), Grant (Newaygo County) and East China Schools (St. Clair County). Rod has bargained more than 50 contracts and is known for presenting at various bargaining seminars for superintendents. He has been working with MASB since 2013, and has bargained contracts in Harrison, Houghton Lake, Howell, St. Johns, Brandon, Mason Consolidated, Whiteford and Gibraltar. Rod also teaches School Law for Oakland University and specializes in both support staff and teacher contracts. He is known for excellent financial expertise and good knowledge of operational matters in contracts.

Legal Counsel

Brad A. Banasik, J.D.

Brad grew up in Watervliet, Mich. and is a 1993 graduate of Western Michigan University with a degree in Education, majoring in History. He taught in the Berrien County Intermediate School District before receiving a Juris Doctor degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and admittance to the Michigan Bar in 1997.

Brad has been with MASB since May 1997; serving as Assistant Director of Policy Services until promoted to the position of Legal Counsel in September 1999. In 2009, he was appointed as Director of MASB’s Labor Relations Department in addition to his Legal Counsel position. And, he is program manager and secretary for the Michigan Council of School Attorneys.

Brad has also taught School Law graduate courses as an adjunct professor in Michigan State University’s College of Education and WMU’s Educational Leadership program.

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