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 DLCs and are both an employee's and a DLC's primary contact for employment-related issues, both union and non-union.

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

Ahsan Ali

Manager, Labor Relations


(617) 715-2473


Ilene Benghiat

Labor Relations Specialist


(617) 715-2160

Emily Falkenstein

Senior Human Resources Assistant


(617) 452-2990


Joan Fusco

Manager, Employee Relations


(617) 253-4252


Ellen McClintock

Assistant Manager, Labor Relations


(617) 253-4274

Lianne Shields

Director of Employee and Labor Relations


(617) 253-8381

Shawn Smith

Assistant Manager, Labor Relations Facilities


(617) 253-1714


Mariucy Tejada

Labor Relations Analyst


(617) 253-6231