Making Workers' Compensation Work Right for Minnesota's Union Construction Industry


In 1996, the Board of Trustees of the Union Construction Workers' Compensation Program selected Wilson-McShane Corporation to develop and administer their vision for an alternative workers' compensation benefit delivery system. Wilson-McShane hired Kevin Gregerson to create and administer this negotiated workers' compensation program, the first of its kind in Minnesota.


Union Construction Workers' Compensation Program

Kevin Gregerson, Program Administrator
Elliot Herland, Dispute Resolution Facilitator
Maryza Merino, Senior Program Representative
Christie Zaspel, Program Representative

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Kevin Gregerson: Program Administrator

Kevin Gregerson has been the administrator of the Union Construction Workers' Compensation Program since July 1, 1997. Mr. Gregerson also provides consulting services to trade unions and councils, employer associations and workers’ compensation insurers in multiple states to assist in the development of these unique programs. He is a regular speaker at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans; he has spoken at conferences of: IMPACT, NMAPC, TUAC, FMCS, Building and Construction Trade’s Legislative Conference, LIUNA, IUPAT, Finishing Industries, and SMARCA.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Gregerson worked for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry as a policy analyst, writing the Administrative Regulations pertaining to negotiated workers’ compensation programs. He assisted interested parties in understanding and developing successful programs. Prior to that position, he conducted Administrative Conferences to resolve workers’ compensation claim disputes for five years.

While at the Department, Mr. Gregerson also served a four-year term as the Executive Membership Secretary for a 7,000-member public employee union, where he was involved in grievance resolution, contract negotiations and membership services.

Elliot Herland: Dispute Resolution Facilitator

Elliot Herland is the Dispute Resolution Facilitator for the Union Construction Workers’ Compensation Program. He is responsible for resolving problems that can sometimes develop in a workers’ compensation claim. Without giving legal advice or telling people what to do, he helps people talk about the problem with the goal of resolving the problem quickly and effectively.

Before joining the UCWCP, Mr. Herland worked as a mediator for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry in the Workers' Compensation Division. For over seven years he conducted mediations and administrative conferences resolving nearly all the disputes that were presented. He practiced law in the area of workers’ compensation before joining the Department in 1997, and is a 1984 graduate from William Mitchell College of Law.

Maryza Merino: Senior Program Representative

Maryza Merino is responsible for Program support functions, including database management, generating reports for Trustees, Union trades, contractors, insurance companies and insurance brokers, website updates, audit functions and payroll verification.

Christie Zaspel: Program Representative

You may email Christie Zaspel for Program brochures "Union Employee's Guide", to be added to our training notifications list, or to update contact information.