Recent Developments

4 April, 2018

The Massachusetts Court of Appeals has become the second court to affirm an arbitration award supporting SEIU Local 509's arbitration victory in favor of a probationary teacher. Attorney Patrick Bryant represented Local 509 and its bargaining unit at the Collaborative for Educational Services throughout this process.

11 April, 2018

A hearing officer with the Commonwealth's Department of Labor Relations has ruled that managers at the State’s MassHealth Office in Taunton violated the law by threatening employees who criticized supervisors. Attorney Jim Hykel represented SEIU Local 509 throughout the proceedings. Pyle Rome partner Kate Shea is the General Counsel of Local 509.

7 April, 2018

In the first few months of 2018, Pyle Rome attorneys have assisted UFCW, Local 1445 in overturning three separate discharge decisions at Stop & Shop. Pyle Rome attorney Al Gordon O'Connell is the General Counsel of Local 1445, and his partners Tod Cochran and Ian Russell handled the cases at arbitration.

5 April, 2018

On April 6, 2018, an arbitrator sustained the grievance of IAFF, Local 1268 and held that the Town of Randolph violated the Fire Fighters' contract when it upended a decades-old practice of paying out a full year's worth of longevity and educational incentives to retiring firefighters. Pyle Rome attorney Al Gordon O'Connell represented the Fire Union and won the case at arbitration.

28 March, 2018

An interest arbitration panel, including a neutral professional and a management representative, has ordered an increase in fire apparatus staffing for at least one Town of Chelmsford fire station, preferably headquarters. Matt Reddy, a District Vice President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, served as the labor representative on the panel. Attorneys Leah Barrault and Mark Macchi represented the Chelmsford Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 1839.

22 February, 2018

On February 23, 2018, the Vermont Supreme Court held that collective bargaining negotiations are not "meetings" within the meaning of the Vermont Open Meetings Law and that a public body may not force a union to negotiate in public. The case represents a major victory for public sector unions in Vermont and a set-back for the Vermont School Boards Association, which has been attempting to undermine teachers' unions by forcing them to negotiate in public.

11 January, 2018

On January 12, 2018, a neutral labor arbitrator reinstated a Stop & Shop employee represented by UFCW Local 1445 who had been terminated for selling cigarettes to a minor as part of an FDA sting operation. Pyle Rome attorney Tod Cochran represented the Union at arbitration.

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.