Category Archives: Mass. Labor Law News & Cases

“Evergreen” Clause Legislation Passed by House and Senate 11/2011

Since last years SJC case Boston Housing Authority v. National Conference of Firemen and Oilers, Local 3 458 Mass. 155 (2010) rejected the states use of the so called “Evergreen clause” there has been a ton of confusion as parties to the agreements … Continue reading

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Dracut Police Officers vote “No Confidence” in Chief and Deputy Chief

According to the Dracut Police Officers Association, 92 percent of union members participated in a no-confidence vote Sept. 15 with more than half voting no confidence in Chief Kevin Richardson’s leadership and more than two-thirds voting no confidence in Deputy … Continue reading

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Appeals Court Rules on Springfield Denial of I.O.D. Grievance

Recently the Appeals court ruled on the city of Springfield’s denial of a grievance in CITY OF SPRINGFIELD vs. LOCAL UNION NO. 648, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS 79 Mass. App. Ct. 905 (2011) The city of Springfield (city) declined … Continue reading

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Barnstable Loses Civil Service Lieutenant Bypass Case

Recently the Boston Superior Court ruled in a Barnstable bypass for police promotion to Lieutenant. The case decided was Michael J. Clark vs. Civil Service Commission, Superior court civil action number 10 – 0079. There are bypasses that are right, there … Continue reading

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Easton Police Prevails at Appeals Court Over Fired Police Officer

On June 22, 2011 the Appeals court in an unpublished opinion ruled on Robert GRINHAM v. Thomas KOMINSKY & another No.10-P-2031(2011)MEMORANDUM AND ORDER PURSUANT TO RULE 1:28 where they upheld the termination and dismissed civil counts against the town. Note: … Continue reading

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Appeals Court Overturns Civil Service on Boston Layoffs

Recently, in KAREN AHERN-STALCUP & others vs. CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION & another 79 Mass. App. Ct. 210 (2011) the Appeals court has overturned the Civil Service Commission in denying that 26 members of the Boston municipal police department were entitled under G. L. … Continue reading

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Whistleblower Statute Decision

Recently, The Department of Labor Relations decided in the Matter of: Cotuit Fire District and Pierce Case # Mup-10-5825, that filing a subsequent action under the whistleblower statute did not waive the prior filed claim of prohibited practice under G.L. … Continue reading

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