Recent Developments

May 24, 2018
State Labor Agency Issues More Unfair Labor Changes Against Oak Bluffs For Its Mistreatment of Fire Fighters; Town Facing Landmark 20 Separate Unfair Labor Practices, with More to Come

For the past year, the Town of Oak Bluffs, including its Town Manager and Police Chief, have waged a vicious anti-union campaign to retaliate against the Fire Fighters/EMTs organized to join the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)....

May 21, 2018
Appeals Court Agrees with Attorney Bryant to Affirm Final And Binding Arbitration Award Ordering Town of Winthrop to Reinstate ex-Police Union President

Most collective bargaining agreements provide that an arbitrator's resolution of a grievance is "final and binding." That means the parties accept the decision, even if they think it wrong, illogical or contradicted by the facts. Many...

May 14, 2018
Arbitration Panel, at Urging of Atty Leah Barrault, Awards 24-hour shift to Seekonk Fire and Rejects 56-Hour Work Week as Baseless.

The 24-Hour Shift/42-hour work week is the norm for fire departments in Massachusetts, much as the 4&2/37.5-hour work week is for police departments. But for years, the Town of Seekonk refused to even consider the schedule worked by fire...

April 30, 2018
Attorney Jill Ryan Expands Her Practice to Connecticut

In order to better serve Pyle Rome's large and growing base of union clients throughout New England and to provide more complete representation to unions and their employee members, Pyle Rome Attorney Jill Ryan recently obtained her license to...

April 30, 2018
Chelmsford Town Meeting Funds Atty Barrault's Safer Staffing Award and Keeps All Fire Stations Open

A neutral arbitration panel issued a historic decision that requires Town of Chelmsford to increase staffing on fire calls recently at one of its five fire stations. Attorney Leah Barrault represented Chelmsford Fire Fighters, Local 1839 IAFF at...

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...

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