Ellen Gallin Procida is currently the director of public sector labor-management programs for Cornell University’s Scheinman Institute at the ILR School. She teaches contract interpretation, agreement writing, effective discipline, collective bargaining, arbitration advocacy, cross examination and other classes. She also teaches the dispute resolution practicum to Cornell undergraduate and graduate students.
Prior to taking on this role, Ms. Gallin Procida taught in the New York City public school system for 20 years. During that time, she also worked after school for the UFT grievance and arbitration department. Ellen Gallin Procida became a full-time member of the UFT grievance and arbitration department staff and then its director for eight years before retiring as of January 1, 2019. As the director of the UFT’s grievance department – and the first woman to hold this important post – Ellen advocated or supervised more than 1,000 arbitrations. Ellen was the lead advocate on numerous arbitrations that had significant impact on the operation of the New York City public school system. As part of her work in the grievance and arbitration department, Ellen has been training UFT members to be arbitration advocates for more than 20 years. She helped negotiate and implement various expedited arbitration procedures and dispute resolution processes where labor-management teams at various levels attempt to resolve issues as the steps prior to arbitration.
Amongst her responsibilities as the assistant to UFT President Michael Mulgrew, Ellen was a key member of the UFT Collective Bargaining team and has assisted in the planning, preparation and implementation of the AFT/Cornell Scheinman Institute Collective Bargaining Partnership since its inception.
Ellen is proud to serve on the board of advisors of the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution.