Legal Update: New Changes for Parental Leave

April 8th, 2015 by

Many workers in Massachusetts do not qualify to take leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).[1]  Yet, at the same time, in a country where automatic leave to attend to the birth or adoption of child is rare, …   (Read More)


The Month of March in Labor History

April 1st, 2015 by

March 4, 1801: In his inaugural address, President Thomas Jefferson declares: “Take not from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.”

March 31, 1840: President Martin Van Buren issues an Executive Order providing for a 10-hour work day …   (Read More)


Social Media Will Ruin Your Whole Life

March 10th, 2015 by

An in-depth examination of the career-crushing power of social media in the New York Times Magazine last month, “How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life,” (http://nyti.ms/1FC8BfG), illustrates just how fatal off-hand remarks (or ill-advised photos) on …   (Read More)


MassCOP Wins Significant 111f Injury Recurrence Arbitration

March 6th, 2015 by

On January 14, 2015, arbitrator Richard Boulanger issued an important injury leave award in favor of the Massachusetts Coalition of Police and its affiliate, the Ipswich Police Association, Local 310.  The arbitrator granted Ipswich Police Officer Aaron Woodworth injury leave …   (Read More)


The Month of February in Labor History

February 26th, 2015 by

Feb. 4, 1825: The Ohio legislature authorizes construction of the 249-mile Miami and Erie Canal, to connect Toledo to Cincinnati. More than 4,000 workers, mostly recent immigrants from Ireland and elsewhere, work from sunrise to sunset, earning 30 cents a …   (Read More)


The Month of January In American Labor History

February 11th, 2015 by

“The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.”  - Martin Luther King, Jr. (Born January 15, 1929)

 January 27, 1734: New York City maids organize to improve working conditions.

January 29,   (Read More)


Right Wing Assault On Unions

January 20th, 2015 by

National Right to Work Foundation (NRTW), a right wing think tank funded by large corporations, is on a mission to obliterate unions and collective bargaining in Massachusetts.  It recently filed unfair labor practice charges against various teachers unions claiming that …   (Read More)


Mourn Our Dead; Care for the Living

December 23rd, 2014 by and

We join the entire nation in mourning the murder of NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.  As police union lawyers, we have continually worked with our unions to try to find ways to protect officers.  We have bargained for …   (Read More)