Recent Developments

November 7, 2017
Arbitrator Agrees with Attorney Barrault that Haverhill Wrongly Underpaid Fire Alarm Supt

A collective bargaining agreement with Haverhill Fire Fighters Union, Local 1011 IAFF clearly required the City of Haverhill to pay Captain's rate to the Superintendent of Fire Alarm (SFA), according to a new arbitrator ruling. Attorney Leah...

October 18, 2017
Arbitrator Chastises Medford Fire Chief For Make-Up Assignments In Response to Sick Leave

In a case brought by the Medford Fire Fighters Union, Local 1032, an arbitrator found that the Fire Chief engages in discipline without just cause when he assigns Firefighters to three make-up shifts in Fire Alarm when they call in sick for just...

October 10, 2017
Arbitrator Orders Overtime Payments to Chelsea Deputy Chiefs Due to City's Change in Practice

On October 10, 2017, an arbitrator issued a decision finding that the City of Chelsea violated the firefighters' contract when it stopped backfilling for the Deputy Chief of Training and Safety when he was out on leave. Pyle Rome partner Leah...

October 5, 2017
Pyle Rome Congratulates Our Associate Mark Macchi on Passing the Bar Exam

The lawyers and staff of Union-side labor firm Pyle Rome Ehrenberg PC are pleased to congratulate our associate Mark Macchi on passing the Massachusetts Bar Exam.

Mark, a recent Northeastern Law graduate and lifelong resident of West...

October 4, 2017
Vermont Firefighters File Brief In Support of NEA To Keep Bargaining Out of Public Meetings

Late last week, the Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont, IAFF, AFL-CIO (PFFV) filed a brief in the Vermont Supreme Court in support of the Vermont NEA, which is fighting attempts by local school boards to force negotiations to take place in...

August 17, 2017
State Administrative Judge Determines City of Boston Violated Law for Unilaterally Imposing a Voluntary Mediation Program

A union has a right to bargain aspects or impacts of a voluntary mediation program for citizen complaints against police officers, according to a new ruling by a Department of Labor Relations Hearing Officer. Attorney Patrick Bryant successfully...

August 16, 2017
State Agency Issues Complaint Against City of Holyoke For Not Bargaining With Local 1693

The City of Holyoke removed a critical fire engine from service without bargaining first with the Holyoke Firefighters Association, Local 1693, IAFF. Attorney Patrick Bryant successfully represented...

August 9, 2017
Bay State's Newest Fire Local Battles Retaliation

Congratulations to the newest union of Massachusetts fire fighters: Oak Bluffs Professional Firefighters & Paramedics, IAFF Local 5137. Today, the Department of Labor Relations certified the local as the exclusive bargaining representative of...

August 2, 2017
SEIU 509 and Direct Care Workers Increase Pay Through Collective Bargaining

The Boston Business Journal has profiled the successful efforts of SEIU Local 509 to boost pay and benefits for 2,500 direct care, health and human services workers throughout Massachusetts.

You can read the...

July 31, 2017
State Labor Board Finds MassDOT Failed to Promote Candidates Due to Union Activity

In a unanimous ruling on July 31, 2017, the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board (CERB) affirmed a hearing officer's decision that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation retaliated against two members of the United Steelworkers, Local...

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