Recent Developments

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.

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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...

June 30, 2017
Arbitrator: Seekonk Town Administrator Violated Fire Contract By Failing to Pay Health Insurance Stipend

An independent arbitrator has seen through the Town of Seekonk’s attempt to pay less than what agreed to give firefighters who opt out of the Town’s health insurance. Atttorney James Hykel represented Seekonk Fire Fighters, Local 1931, IAFF in...

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 "...

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