Staff Directory

Employee and Labor Relations

Our office is responsible for creating, administering and interpreting MIT's personnel policies, and for training on HR policies and practices. We help to prevent and resolve workplace problems, and we work to ensure the Institute's compliance with legal requirements affecting employment.

Human Resources Officers (HROs) are assigned to the Departments, Labs, Centers, and Institutes (DLCIs) and are both an employee's and a DLCI's primary contact for employment-related issues, both union and non-union.

The Labor Relations group is responsible for labor relations strategy and interpretation for the entire Institute. Working with contacts in the DLCIs, it negotiates, interprets, and administers eight collective bargaining agreements at MIT: the Research, Development, and Technical Employees' Union (RDTEU) – campus and Lincoln Laboratory; the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) – campus; the Campus Police Association (CPA); Non-Professional Library Employees (AFSCME Council 93) – campus; the Graduate Student Union (United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of American (UE-MITGSU)) – campus; Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) – Lincoln Laboratory; Facilities Service Independent Union (FSIU) – Lincoln Laboratory; and the Lincoln Laboratory Security Officers' Independent Union (SOIU).

Ilene Benghiat

Labor Relations Specialist


(617) 715-2160

Yvonne Castellon

Senior Human Resources Assistant


(617) 452-3051


Martha Collins

Director of Employee and Labor Relations


(617) 253-0655


Emily Falkenstein

Senior Human Resources Assistant


(617) 452-2990


Ellen McClintock

Manager, Labor Relations


(617) 253-4274

Shawn Smith

Assistant Manager, Labor Relations Facilities


(617) 253-1714


Mariucy Tejada

Labor Relations Analyst


(617) 253-6231