Recent Developments

July 19, 2019
Attorney Ryan Wins Reinstatement for Veteran Hospital Worker Represented by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

A Cambridge area hospital terminated a 31-year beloved employee for allegedly failing to report to work for two days and for checking her email during a time she was required to observe a patient. A neutral arbitrator hired by 1199SEIU United...

July 10, 2019
State Labor Board Upholds Right Of Melrose Fire Fighters Union To Block Mid-Term Bargaining Over Changes to Promotional Practices

On June 10, 2019, the Commonwealth Employee Relations Board (CERB) upheld the dismissal of charges filed by the City of Melrose against IAFF, Local 1617 alleging that the Fire Union had violated the state Collective Bargaining Law by refusing to...

July 3, 2019
Arbitrator Overturns Suspension Of Union Steward For Using Vulgar Language In Meeting With HR

On July 3, 2019, an arbitrator issued a decision in favor of UFCW, Local 1445 that Gorton's violated the parties' collective bargaining agreement and the National Labor Relations Act when it suspended a union steward for calling the HR manager a...

June 13, 2019
Attorney Gordon O'Connell Wins Rare Injunction In Aid Of Arbitration In Federal Court Preventing Layoff Of Telephone Operators

On June 13, 2019, Pyle Rome attorney Al Gordon O'Connell convinced a federal judge in Maine to issue an order blocking Consolidated Communications Inc. (CCI) from selling off its Operator Services/Directory Assistance unit to a call center in...

May 22, 2019
Arbitrator Reinstates Stop & Shop Worker Represented By UFCW Local 1445 & Attorney Patrick Bryant

Global corporation Stop and Shop lacked just cause to terminate a meat cutter represented by UFCW Local 1445 simply because he was incarcerated for driving with a suspended license. Attorney Patrick Bryant represented Local 1445 during the...

May 1, 2019
Arbitrator Reinstates Veteran Hotel Worker After Attorney Hykel Shows Theft Allegation Was Unfounded

A hotel worker of nearly two decades was summarily discharged after she found and returned a Apple Watch lost by a hotel guest. An independent arbitrator agreed with Attorney James Hykel and UNITE HERE Local 26 that the employer could not show...

April 23, 2019
State Labor Board Investigator Rules that Melrose Fire Union Had The Right To Block Bargaining Over Promotion Changes

On April 22, 2019, an investigator from the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations dismissed charges that the City of Melrose had filed against the Melrose Fire Fighters, Local 1617 alleging that the Union engaged in bad faith bargaining...

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 15, 2019
Northeastern's Refusal to Pay Severance to Displaced Adjunct Violated Contract with SEIU Local 509

A landmark collective bargaining agreement negotiated by SEIU Local 509 for contingent faculty required Northeastern University to pay severance to adjuncts displaced by new full-time faculty. Attorney Patrick Bryant persuaded a neutral...

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...

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