State Labor Board Upholds Right Of Melrose Fire Fighters Union To Block Mid-Term Bargaining Over Changes to Promotional Practices

July 10, 2019

On June 10, 2019, the Commonwealth Employee Relations Board (CERB) upheld the dismissal of charges filed by the City of Melrose against IAFF, Local 1617 alleging that the Fire Union had violated the state Collective Bargaining Law by refusing to bargain over mid-term changes to promotional criteria. Pyle Rome attorney Al Gordon O'Connell represented the Union at the investigation and in the appeal.

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Alfred Gordon O'Connell

Arbitrator Overturns Suspension Of Union Steward For Using Vulgar Language In Meeting With HR

July 3, 2019

On July 3, 2019, an arbitrator issued a decision in favor of UFCW, Local 1445 that Gorton's violated the parties' collective bargaining agreement and the National Labor Relations Act when it suspended a union steward for calling the HR manager a "f@#^ing piece of sh#t." Attorney Al Gordon O'Connell represented the Union in the case.

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Alfred Gordon O'Connell
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Attorney Gordon O'Connell Wins Rare Injunction In Aid Of Arbitration In Federal Court Preventing Layoff Of Telephone Operators

June 13, 2019

On June 13, 2019, Pyle Rome attorney Al Gordon O'Connell convinced a federal judge in Maine to issue an order blocking Consolidated Communications Inc. (CCI) from selling off its Operator Services/Directory Assistance unit to a call center in Illinois until IBEW, Local 2327 can arbitrate whether the so-called "sale" amounts to improper subcontracting. In achieving this result, the Union and Attorney Gordon O'Connell surmounted an extremely high burden and saved the jobs of fourteen telephone operators in Portland, Maine.

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Alfred Gordon O'Connell

Arbitrator Reinstates Stop & Shop Worker Represented By UFCW Local 1445 & Attorney Patrick Bryant

May 22, 2019

Global corporation Stop and Shop lacked just cause to terminate a meat cutter represented by UFCW Local 1445 simply because he was incarcerated for driving with a suspended license. Attorney Patrick Bryant represented Local 1445 during the hearing before a neutral arbitrator. Local 1445 recently helped coordinate a massive and successful work resistance against Stop & Shop this Spring, during the arbitration.

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Patrick N. Bryant

Northeastern's Refusal to Pay Severance to Displaced Adjunct Violated Contract with SEIU Local 509

March 15, 2019

A landmark collective bargaining agreement negotiated by SEIU Local 509 for contingent faculty required Northeastern University to pay severance to adjuncts displaced by new full-time faculty. Attorney Patrick Bryant persuaded a neutral arbitrator that Northeastern violated the agreement when it refused to pay these severance fees for Spring 2018 courses previously taught by an adjunct. The arbitrator rejected the University's excuse that it was not required to pay the fees because the full-time faculty member who displaced the adjunct was hired in Fall 2017 rather than Spring 2018.

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Patrick N. Bryant

Arbitrator Reinstates Veteran Hotel Worker After Attorney Hykel Shows Theft Allegation Was Unfounded

May 1, 2019

A hotel worker of nearly two decades was summarily discharged after she found and returned a Apple Watch lost by a hotel guest. An independent arbitrator agreed with Attorney James Hykel and UNITE HERE Local 26 that the employer could not show the employee intended to steal the watch.

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James Hykel

State Labor Board Investigator Rules that Melrose Fire Union Had The Right To Block Bargaining Over Promotion Changes

April 23, 2019

On April 22, 2019, an investigator from the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations dismissed charges that the City of Melrose had filed against the Melrose Fire Fighters, Local 1617 alleging that the Union engaged in bad faith bargaining over changes to promotional criteria. Attorney Al Gordon O'Connell represented the Union at the investigation.

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Alfred Gordon O'Connell
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Attorney Barrault Wins Benefits for Wakefield Firefighters Local 1478 and Military Veteran

March 27, 2019

A neutral arbitrator has agreed with the Wakefield Firefighters Association, Local 1478, IAFF, and their attorney Leah Barrault, that the Town of Wakefield improperly cut benefits for a firefighter because he served his country as an Army reservist deployed to Iraq.

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Leah M. Barrault

Attorney Hykel Wins Reinstatement of Human Services Worker Represented by SEIU Local 509

March 6, 2019

For workers who assist patients with disabilities, there are few allegations more stigmatizing than patient abuse, especially when those allegations are demonstrably false. That is why it is important for SEIU Local 509 to negotiate contract language that ensures workers have a right to independent and fair investigations into such allegations and for a professional arbitrator to scrutinize disciplinary decisions that employers make about such allegations.

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James Hykel

Attorney Ryan Persuades Federal Judge That Labor Union Fairly Represented Former Hospital Employee

March 7, 2019

On March 7, 2019, U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock agreed with Attorney Jillian Ryan's motion that 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East (Union) acted fairly toward a member and that an untimely lawsuit by a former member must be dismissed.

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Jillian M. Ryan
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