Recent Developments

16 August, 2017

A union has a right to bargain aspects or impacts of a voluntary mediation program for citizen complaints against police officers, according to a new ruling by a Department of Labor Relations Hearing Officer. Attorney Patrick Bryant successfully persuaded the Hearing Officer that the City of Boston's unilateral implementation of a "voluntary mediation program" violated the City's bargaining obligations to the Boston Police Superior Officers Federation.

15 August, 2017

The City of Holyoke removed a critical fire engine from service without bargaining first with the Holyoke Firefighters Association, Local 1693, IAFF. Attorney Patrick Bryant successfully represented Local 1693 in the efforts to obtain a complaint alleging that the City's actions committed an unfair labor practice.

8 August, 2017

Congratulations to the newest union of Massachusetts fire fighters: Oak Bluffs Professional Firefighters & Paramedics, IAFF Local 5137. Today, the Department of Labor Relations certified the local as the exclusive bargaining representative of full-time and part-time fire fighters (except for the Chief). Attorney James Hykel worked with the fire fighters and Robert McCarthy, the IAFF district field service representative and former president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, to make the Union status official.

1 August, 2017

The Boston Business Journal has profiled the successful efforts of SEIU Local 509 to boost pay and benefits for 2,500 direct care, health and human services workers throughout Massachusetts.

You can read the article here.

30 July, 2017

In a unanimous ruling on July 31, 2017, the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board (CERB) affirmed a hearing officer's decision that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation retaliated against two members of the United Steelworkers, Local 5696 by failing to promote them because of their protected union activity. Pyle Rome partner Al Gordon O'Connell prosecuted the case on behalf of the Union.

29 June, 2017

An independent arbitrator has seen through the Town of Seekonk’s attempt to pay less than what agreed to give firefighters who opt out of the Town’s health insurance. Atttorney James Hykel represented Seekonk Fire Fighters, Local 1931, IAFF in this arbitration against Town and its administrator Shawn Cadime.

18 June, 2017

An Essex Superior Court judge has ordered the Lynn Mayor Kennedy to ensure that the City meets its contractual and statutory obligations for safe staffing of the City's Fire Departments. This injunction represents a significant victory in the long fight of Lynn Local 739, lAFF against Mayor Kennedy's cuts to staffing in the last few months. Mayor Flanagan has for several months been "budgeting by brownouts," as explained below, at great risk to citizens and fire fighters.

1 June, 2017

A neutral arbitrator found that a worker did not abuse patients with disabilities and therefore the employer's termination of the worker violated the collective bargaining agreement. Thanks to union representation by SEIU Local 509, the worker is entitled to reinstatement and to back pay for lost wages and benefits for the past year.

7 June, 2017

Union-side firm Pyle Rome Ehrenberg, PC, is excited to announce the hiring of recent Northeastern Law graduate Mark Macchi. Macchi has distinguished himself as a passionate advocate for working men and women, with a particular emphasis on public safety.

1 May, 2017

Just months after the National Labor Relations Board affirmed that graduate student employees have the federal right to form a union, Brandeis University graduate students voted Union Yes by an overwhelming margin, 88 to 34. Attorney Patrick Bryant has been advising SEIU and its locals on higher education instructor organizing in Massachusetts and Vermont. Thanks to a dedicated team of organizers, SEIU and its affiliates have won elections in every private sector college instructor organizing drive in Massachusetts and Vermont since 2012.