Recent Developments

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...

December 22, 2017
Vermont Labor Board Issues Complaint Against Bellows Falls for Replacing Firefighters with Full-Time Chief

The Village of Bellows Falls has violated multiple sections of the Vermont Municipal Employee Relations Act for laying off all full-time fire fighters and replacing them with a full-time chief and on call firefighters, or so alleges a new...

December 15, 2017
Appeals Court Clarifies Pension Consequences For Public Safety Employee Criminal Misconduct

Public employees found to have engaged in criminal misconduct do not merely face the loss of their job (and health insurance), they also face the prospect of losing a pension that they have contributed to for years, if not decades. State law,...

December 12, 2017
Trump Labor Board To Make It Harder to Form a Union

On December 12, the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency charged with overseeing private sector labor disputes and elections,...

November 29, 2017
State Labor Agency Issues Complaint Against Oak Bluffs, Alleging Multiple Counts of Illegal Retaliation and Intimidation. Town Spends $50K of Taxpayer Funds to Defend Allegedly Unlawful Behavior.

The dedicated firefighters/paramedics of the Town of Oak Bluffs are one step closer to justice, after a Department of Labor Relations investigator today issued an 11-count complaint against the Town. The complaint stems almost exclusively from...

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...

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