Recent Developments

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...

October 30, 2018
Attorney Ryan Persuades Arbitrator that Commonwealth Lacked Just Cause to Suspend Local 509 Member and Keep on Admin Leave for Months

The Department of Transitional Assistance suspended an employee represented by SEIU Local 509 for 10 days after finding that she was responsible for a loud altercation in a state office and that she threatened coworkers anonymously. When finally...

September 21, 2018
Attorneys Barrault and Bryant Defeat (Again) Frivolous Charge from Town of Seekonk Against Its Fire fighters

A hearing officer of the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations has dismissed a complaint filed by the Town of Seekonk against IAFF Local 1931after Local 1931 asked a mediator to help...

August 30, 2018
State Agency Agrees With Atty Bryant that Boston Violated Labor Law By Unilaterally Implementing New Mediation Policy

The Commonwealth Employment Relations Board (CERB), the state agency that is the ultimate authority about the public sector collective bargaining law, found that the City of Boston violated the law when it unilaterally implemented a new mediation...

August 24, 2018
Attorney Coles Persuades Arbitrator to Reverse Suspension and Demotion of ex-Holyoke Fire Union President

A neutral arbitrator has reversed the City of Holyoke's retaliatory demotion and five-day suspension of former Holyoke Fire President Chad Cunningham. Attorney Terence (Terry) Coles aggressively represented IAFF Local 1693 throughout this matter...

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