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)

NLRB Uses Dramatic and Novel Penalties to Punish a Flagrant Repeat Offender Employer

December 3rd, 2014 by and

In late October, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a groundbreaking decision in the long-running dispute between the Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).  In HTH Corporation, Pacific Beach, the …   (Read More)

New Massachusetts Sick Time Law Explained

November 22nd, 2014 by

As you know, on November 4, 2014 Massachusetts voters approved ballot question 4 which enacts a new section of MGL c. 149  section 148C and provides for Massachusetts employees to earn and use 40 hours of sick leave in a …   (Read More)

A Word on the Election

November 3rd, 2014 by and

Polls open tomorrow to decide who will be the next Governor of Massachusetts.  This year we have a hotly contested race.  We are writing to let you know that we’re voting for Martha Coakley for Governor – and we think …   (Read More)

Beware of Illegal Parity Health Insurance Proposals by Employers

October 2nd, 2014 by

In a twist on illegal wage parity proposals, the Department of Labor Relations (DLR) issued Complaints of Prohibited Practice against the Boston Public Health Commission (Commission) for proposing and insisting upon an unlawful health insurance parity clause. (Read the full …   (Read More)