Recent Developments

April 12, 2018
State Labor Agency Agrees With Attorney Hykel That State Unlawfully Interfered With Rights of Employees Represented by SEIU 509.

A hearing officer with the Commonwealth's Department of Labor Relations has ruled that managers at the State’s MassHealth Office in Taunton violated the law by threatening employees who criticized supervisors. Attorney Jim Hykel represented SEIU...

April 9, 2018
Arbitrator Slashes Retaliatory Discipline Imposed by Seekonk Selectmen Against Fire Fighters

Attorney Patrick Bryant persuaded a neutral arbitrator to cut eight-shift discipline in half for one Seekonk fire fighter and to reduce it to a reprimand for another fire fighter.

The Town of Seekonk Fire Chief suspended the two fire...

April 8, 2018
UFCW 1445 And Pyle Rome Win Trifecta Of Discharge Cases Against Stop & Shop

In the first few months of 2018, Pyle Rome attorneys have assisted UFCW, Local 1445 in overturning three separate discharge decisions at Stop & Shop. Pyle Rome attorney Al Gordon O'Connell is the General Counsel of Local 1445, and his...

April 6, 2018
Arbitrator Upholds Past Practice of Education and Longevity Payouts For Randolph Fire Department Retirees

On April 6, 2018, an arbitrator sustained the grievance of IAFF, Local 1268 and held that the Town of Randolph violated the Fire Fighters' contract when it upended a decades-old practice of paying out a full year's worth of longevity and...

April 5, 2018
State Appeals Court Upholds SEIU 509's Right to Arbitrate Discrimination Grievance For Teachers

The Massachusetts Court of Appeals has become the second court to affirm an arbitration award supporting SEIU Local 509's arbitration victory...

March 29, 2018
IAFF Local 1839, PFFM DVP Reddy and Attorney Barrault Persuade Arbitrator To Increase Safe Staffing in Chelmsford

An interest arbitration panel, including a neutral professional and a management representative, has ordered an increase in fire apparatus staffing for at least one Town of Chelmsford fire station, preferably headquarters. Matt Reddy, a District...

March 29, 2018
Attorney Jim Hykel Stops Effort To Involuntarily Retire Perfectly Healthy Longmeadow Firefighter

On March 29, 2018, the Hampden County Retirement Board rejected the Town of Longmeadow's effort to involuntarily retire a firefighter in a cowardly attempt to avoid the collective bargaining agreement’s just cause requirement for discharge. Pyle...

February 23, 2018
In Huge Win For Unions, Vermont Supreme Court Holds Labor Negotiations Are Not Public Meetings

On February 23, 2018, the Vermont Supreme Court held that collective bargaining negotiations are not "meetings" within the meaning of the Vermont Open Meetings Law and that a public body may not force a union to negotiate in public. The case...

January 12, 2018
Arbitrator Reinstates Grocery Clerk Who Unknowingly Sold Cigarettes To A Minor

On January 12, 2018, a neutral labor arbitrator reinstated a Stop & Shop employee represented by UFCW Local 1445 who had been terminated for selling cigarettes to a minor as part of an FDA sting operation. Pyle Rome attorney Tod Cochran...

December 29, 2017
Northeastern Violates SEIU 509 Faculty Contract, Rules Arbitrator

According to an independent arbitrator's ruling, Northeastern University failed to offer a course to a longtime, qualified faculty member represented by SEIU Local 509, thereby violating a collective bargaining...

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