Massachusetts Legislature creates new rights for Public Sector Unions

Recently, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted House Bill 3854, over the Governor’s veto. This brand new law was passed specifically to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME. The legislation allows unions to require non-dues paying members to pay in advance for expected costs and attorneys fees in certain matters brought on behalf those non-dues payers. Importantly, the bill went further to create new union rights, including the right to:

• Meet ...

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Another day, another Union Official indicted for misuse of union funds. Are you prepared to respond to a subpoena?

Are your union financial books in order?

2019 has seen a flurry of labor union indictments and investigations into labor union financial records. Police and other labor unions around the Commonwealth, and accross the country, have been the subject of grand jury subpoenas resulting in indictments of leadership officials. In the past week alone we saw:

  • the indictment of the State Police Union president;
  • a leader of a major trade union indicted;
  • In June, an office, a Methuen Police Patrolman’s Union official ...
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BODY CAMERA NEGOTIATION BULLETIN

NP Attorney Gary Nolan spent a couple of days last week immersed in training about forensic examination of video evidence. For us, two primary issues with video are (1) use in disciplinary / use of force cases and (2) negotiation of body worn camera policies. Many area police investigators were in the seminar, and it’s safe to say most of us were blown away by the potential for video to tell a completely inaccurate story. That is ...

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