Recent Developments

March 27, 2019
Attorney Barrault Wins Benefits for Wakefield Firefighters Local 1478 and Military Veteran

A neutral arbitrator has agreed with the Wakefield Firefighters Association, Local 1478, IAFF, and their attorney Leah Barrault, that the Town of Wakefield improperly cut benefits for a firefighter because he served his country as an Army...

March 7, 2019
Attorney Ryan Persuades Federal Judge That Labor Union Fairly Represented Former Hospital Employee

On March 7, 2019, U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock agreed with Attorney Jillian Ryan's motion that 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East (Union) acted fairly toward a member and that an untimely lawsuit by a former member must be dismissed...

March 6, 2019
Attorney Hykel Wins Reinstatement of Human Services Worker Represented by SEIU Local 509

For workers who assist patients with disabilities, there are few allegations more stigmatizing than patient abuse, especially when those allegations are demonstrably false. That is why it is important for SEIU Local 509 to negotiate contract...

February 15, 2019
Cambridge Fire Must Answer For Canceling Important Safety Committee After IAFF Local 30 Filed Grievances

The Department of Labor Relations issued a three-count complaint against the City of Cambridge, given credible allegations that the City canceled a safety committee because of Cambridge Fire Fighters, Local 30, IAFF aggressive enforcement of the...

February 12, 2019
Thanks to Attorney Hykel, Arbitrator Rules that Plymouth Town Manager Cannot Refuse to Hear Grievances from Fire Local 1768

It is a basic principle of labor law that a Union does not waive its right to enforce clear contract language simply because it chose to ignore past violations. Here, Attorney James Hykel successfully argued that the collective bargaining...

February 11, 2019
Arbitrator, as Urged by Attorney Bryant, Tells Town of Stoughton and Police Chief That Overtime Language Means What It Says

In recent contract negotiations with the Town of Stoughton, the Stoughton Police Patrolmen's Association, MCOP Local 446 sought to decrease the burdens on shift officers when prisoners are taken into custody. Prisoner watch causes pressure on...

February 7, 2019
Local 937, Chelsea Fire, and Attorney Barrault Take on City of Chelsea And Defeat Chief's Baseless Sick Leave Abuse Policy

A neutral arbitrator, after hearing arguments and evidence presented by the Chelsea Fire Chief, concluded that his four-day suspension of a veteran firefighter violated the collective bargaining agreement’s promise to discipline only for just...

February 5, 2019
Arbitrator and Attorney Bryant Agree: Bourne Fire Chief Violated Union Contract By Refusing to Send Firefighter to Fire Academy

Bourne Fire Chief Norman Sylvester violated the collective bargaining agreement when he refused to send a full-time fire fighter to the full-time fire academy attended by all current and past Bourne firefighters. A respected, neutral arbitrator...

January 31, 2019
Attorney Ryan and 1199 United Healthcare Workers East Win Acting Out of Grade Pay for Hospital Technician

It is fairly standard for collective bargaining agreements to provide additional compensation when an employee is filling in, either temporarily or indefinitely, for a supervisor. The additional responsibilities merit additional compensation....

January 16, 2019
At Urging of Attorney Leah Barrault, Arbitrator Enforces Minimum Staffing Clause For New Bedford Fire Fighters

A neutral arbitrator agreed with Attorney Leah Barrault that a collective bargaining agreement's effective ban on two-person crews was enforceable against the City of New Bedford. The...

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