Recent Developments

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...

April 30, 2018
Chelmsford Town Meeting Funds Atty Barrault's Safer Staffing Award and Keeps All Fire Stations Open

A neutral arbitration panel issued a historic decision that requires Town of Chelmsford to increase staffing on fire calls recently at one of its five fire stations. Attorney Leah Barrault represented Chelmsford Fire Fighters, Local 1839 IAFF at...

April 12, 2018
State Labor Agency Agrees With Attorney Hykel That State Unlawfully Interfered With Rights of Employees Represented by SEIU 509.

A hearing officer with the Commonwealth's Department of Labor Relations has ruled that managers at the State’s MassHealth Office in Taunton violated the law by threatening employees who criticized supervisors. Attorney Jim Hykel represented SEIU...

April 9, 2018
Arbitrator Slashes Retaliatory Discipline Imposed by Seekonk Selectmen Against Fire Fighters

Attorney Patrick Bryant persuaded a neutral arbitrator to cut eight-shift discipline in half for one Seekonk fire fighter and to reduce it to a reprimand for another fire fighter.

The Town of Seekonk Fire Chief suspended the two fire...

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