Recent Developments

14 December, 2017

Public employees found to have engaged in criminal misconduct do not merely face the loss of their job (and health insurance), they also face the prospect of losing a pension that they have contributed to for years, if not decades.

28 December, 2017

According to an independent arbitrator's ruling, Northeastern University failed to offer a course to a longtime, qualified faculty member represented by SEIU Local 509, thereby violating a collective bargaining agreement. Attorney Patrick Bryant represented Local 509 throughout the arbitration process.

21 December, 2017

The Village of Bellows Falls has violated multiple sections of the Vermont Municipal Employee Relations Act for laying off all full-time fire fighters and replacing them with a full-time chief and on call firefighters, or so alleges a new complained issued by the Vermont Labor Relations Board. Patrick Bryant has represented Local 4473, IAFF, and Professional Fire Fighters of Vermontin this proceeding.

11 December, 2017

On December 12, the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency charged with overseeing private sector labor disputes and elections, announced that it plans to revise the rules governing the formation of unions. The majority of the five-member Board are GOP/business representatives; two are Trump appointees. And the General Counsel, who investigates and prosecutes labor act violations, was appointed by Trump.

28 November, 2017

The dedicated firefighters/paramedics of the Town of Oak Bluffs are one step closer to justice, after a Department of Labor Relations investigator today issued an 11-count complaint against the Town. The complaint stems almost exclusively from the alleged tyrannical behavior of Fire Chief John Rose. Attorneys James Hykel and Patrick Bryant have represented the IAFF Local throughout this process. Meanwhile, the Town has spent about $50,000 of taxpayer monies to defend its Chief.

6 November, 2017

A collective bargaining agreement with Haverhill Fire Fighters Union, Local 1011 IAFF clearly required the City of Haverhill to pay Captain's rate to the Superintendent of Fire Alarm (SFA), according to a new arbitrator ruling. Attorney Leah Barrault represents Local 1011. The Arbitrator, whose Award is attached below, agreed that the contract language was clear and that the individual in the SFA position actually performed the duties of an SFA. As a result, she ruled deserved to be paid the SFA rate set forth in the contract, regardless of the actual name given by the City to the position.

17 October, 2017

In a case brought by the Medford Fire Fighters Union, Local 1032, an arbitrator found that the Fire Chief engages in discipline without just cause when he assigns Firefighters to three make-up shifts in Fire Alarm when they call in sick for just one tour. Pyle Rome attorney Leah Barrault prepared the case, and her partner Al Gordon O'Connell represented the Union at arbitration.

9 October, 2017

On October 10, 2017, an arbitrator issued a decision finding that the City of Chelsea violated the firefighters' contract when it stopped backfilling for the Deputy Chief of Training and Safety when he was out on leave. Pyle Rome partner Leah Barrault serves as counsel to the Chelsea Fire Fighters Association, Local 937, and her partner Al Gordon O'Connell represented the Union in this case.

4 October, 2017

The lawyers and staff of Union-side labor firm Pyle Rome Ehrenberg PC are pleased to congratulate our associate Mark Macchi on passing the Massachusetts Bar Exam.

Mark, a recent Northeastern Law graduate and lifelong resident of West Roxbury, began working as an associate at Pyle Rome in May after serving two clerkships with our office. He has distinguished himself as a passionate advocate for working men and women, with a particular emphasis on public safety, and we are excited to be working with him.

3 October, 2017

Late last week, the Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont, IAFF, AFL-CIO (PFFV) filed a brief in the Vermont Supreme Court in support of the Vermont NEA, which is fighting attempts by local school boards to force negotiations to take place in open meetings.