Recent Developments

August 30, 2018
State Agency Agrees With Atty Bryant that Boston Violated Labor Law By Unilaterally Implementing New Mediation Policy

The Commonwealth Employment Relations Board (CERB), the state agency that is the ultimate authority about the public sector collective bargaining law, found that the City of Boston violated the law when it unilaterally implemented a new mediation...

August 24, 2018
Attorney Coles Persuades Arbitrator to Reverse Suspension and Demotion of ex-Holyoke Fire Union President

A neutral arbitrator has reversed the City of Holyoke's retaliatory demotion and five-day suspension of former Holyoke Fire President Chad Cunningham. Attorney Terence (Terry) Coles aggressively represented IAFF Local 1693 throughout this matter...

August 3, 2018
Barre Town EMS' Denial of Swaps Violates Contract, Rules Neutral Arbitrator

Employers should educate employees about changes in policies or practices, especially those policies that allow employers to exercise discretion. That's the standard principle cited by a neutral arbitrator in ruling that the Town of Barre, VT...

July 1, 2018
Town of Winthrop Must Reinstate Former Police Union President, After Mass Supreme Court Rejects Town's Last-ditch Challenge

More than 3.5 years after being unjustly terminated by the Town of Winthrop, former police Union President Ferruccio Romeo may finally be receiving justice. Thanks to Attorney Patrick Bryant, the Supreme Judicial Court rejected Winthrop's last-...

June 27, 2018
Supreme Court Rules Public Sector Unions Cannot Compel Agency Fees

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the Janus v. AFSCME case ruling that public sector employees cannot be required to pay an agency fee to a public sector union. However, the decision does not impact the rights of a...

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 Fire 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 24, 2018
Attorney Cochran Persuades Arbitrator that Shaw's Violated Its Own Attendance Policy

Attorney Tod Cochran represented UFCW Local 791 in the Union's successful challenge to a new Shaw's attendance policy imposed employees at the Methuen warehouse. For years, employees who had perfect attendance for 60 days received a benefit or "...

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...

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