Recent Developments

June 19, 2017
Judge Tells Lynn Mayor to Honor Safe Fire Staffing Agreement With Lynn Local 739, IAFF

An Essex Superior Court judge has ordered the Lynn Mayor Kennedy to ensure that the City meets its contractual and statutory obligations for safe staffing of the City's Fire Departments. This injunction represents a significant victory in the...

June 8, 2017
Pyle Rome Ehrenberg, PC Welcomes New Associate Mark Macchi

Union-side firm Pyle Rome Ehrenberg, PC, is excited to announce the hiring of recent Northeastern Law graduate Mark Macchi. Macchi has distinguished himself as a passionate advocate for working men and women, with a particular emphasis on public...

June 2, 2017
Attorney Ian Russell Wins Reinstatement for Falsely-Accused Direct Care Worker Represented by SEIU Local 509

A neutral arbitrator found that a worker did not abuse patients with disabilities and therefore the employer's termination of the worker violated the collective bargaining agreement. Thanks to union representation by SEIU Local 509, the worker is...

May 2, 2017
Arbitrator Agrees with Attorney Barrault That Chelmsford Chief Wrongly Vetoed Fire Fighter's Shift Bid

The collective bargaining agreement between Town of Chelmsford and Chelmsford Firefighters Union Local 1839, IAFF, entitles fire fighters to bid on shifts and apparatus by seniority. The agreement also allows the Chief to veto any selection for "...

May 2, 2017
Brandeis University Grad Student Workers Join SEIU 509 By 2-1 Margin

Just months after the National Labor Relations Board affirmed that graduate student employees have the federal right to form a union, Brandeis University graduate students voted Union Yes by an overwhelming margin, 88 to 34. Attorney Patrick...

April 4, 2017
Attorneys Al Gordon O'Connell and Jill Ryan Convince Federal Judge to Dismiss DFR Suit as Time Barred

On April 3, 2017, U.S. District Judge George O'Toole dismissed as untimely a duty of fair representation charge that had been filed by a member against USW, Local 8751. The case, which was argued by Pyle Rome attorneys Al Gordon O'Connell and...

March 1, 2017
Superior Court Agrees That Union Entitled to Hearing On Whether Boston Police Violated Civil Service

Attorney James Hykel has aided the Boston Police Superior Officer Federation's effort to force the Boston Police Department to comply with Civil Service law. Hykel and the Federation produced evidence that the BPD was failing to fill vacancies...

February 6, 2017
Ian Russell Wins Reinstatement for Respiratory Therapist Represented By SEIU 1199

A career-ending accusation against an individual working in health and human services involves sleeping on the job. Some employers consistently terminate such employees who sleep while working. A union, such as 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers...

February 1, 2017
Ian Russell Wins Reinstatement for Social Worker Represented By SEIU Local 509

A major benefit of union representation is that employees can have access to independent review of an employer's claims for discipline. An arbitrator usually determines whether the employee engaged in the misconduct alleged by the employer and,...

January 26, 2017
State Agency Tosses Frivolous Complaint Against Andover Fire, Thanks to Atty Leah Barrault

Massachusetts public employers having been trying a new tactic when public safety unions are unwilling to accept take-it-or-leave-it contract proposals: suing when unions ask for a mediator. Thankfully, Attorney Leah Barrault, has defeated two of...

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