NP and the Worcester Patrolman's Union recently issued a press release diving deeper into the nature of Police Detail earnings, highlighting the big finanancial and operational benefits to the City. It was nice to see the T&G, Worcester's major newspaper, do a follow up story on our press release as part of its City Hall Notebook article.
NP lawyer Peter Perroni recently opposed efforts by the media and the ACLU to make public certain police internal affairs files in NH. The Court sided with the union, and, quite begrudgingly, refused to compel the release of the informtion sought by the press and ACLU.
Peter represented the interests of the Salem Police Union in this case. It is the second court battle won by Peter and the NEPBA this year, earlier having prevailed in a similar matter on behalf of NEPBA Portsmouth.
Each year, local media outlets publicize police salary information, but often leave out very important details related to those earnings. Together with NEPBA Local 911 President Dan Gilbert, we did a public records request seeking to breakdown the 2018 detail wages. Specifically, we sought to discover how much revenue the City earns from its adminstrative fees charged to private contractors. As expected, the City generates hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue each year directly from police details, not to mention the benefit of thousands of hours of police work subsidized by private industry. This benefit is enjoyed by most municipalities. A simple public records request will provide the numbers.
Gary and Peter represented a long time Lowell Police patrolman in his bid for promotion to sergeant. After a negative ruling from Civil Service, NP appealed to the superior court, where a judge recently issued a strong rebuke of the City's conduct. In ruling for the officer, the court clarified the bypass process, and explained thoroughly how the City's skirting of the rules can lead to both the appearance of impropriety, as well a actual improprieties.
Attorney Gary Nolan and the NEPBA favorably resolved the second of two disciplinary cases for Northampton Police Lt. Al Borowski, both of which stemmed from a series of malicious, anonymous letters. After an arbitrator found that there was no just cause for the initial case, the City agreed to completely rescind the discipline levied in the second matter, and also vacated all of the internal affairs findings related to the case. Congratulations to Lt. Borowski on his clean sweep.
Attorney Peter Perroni and the NEPBA prevailed in a showdown with City Hall and a NH newspaper, both seeking to force the release of an arbitration decision involving the Portsmouth Police Supervisor's Union. The union intervened in this important court battle to protect the privacy rights of not just its member, but to protect the rights of all unionized NH police officers and law enforcement officials.
Massachusetts Federal Court gives green light to secret recording of police. Disturbing message contained in the ruling.Read More
NP Attorney Gary Nolan recently won an important arbitration case on behalf of NEPBA Local 550, the Worcester County Sheriff's Correctional Officers Association. The employer has on multiple occasions attempted to prevent the member from having his termination case heard on the merits. This NEPBA win allows the member's case to finally go forward.Read More
An arbitrator recently overturned the suspension of Northampton Police Lt. Al Borowski, a member of NEPBA Local 187. In doing so, the arbitrator was highly critical of the internal affairs investigation that was conducted jointly by the Northampton Police Department and a private, 3rd party internal investigation company. NP Attorney Gary Nolan represented the NEPBA and Lt. Borowski.
Lt. Borowski was disciplined for his conduct in removing medication from the Department's…..Read More
Attorney Peter Perroni represented the NEPBA and Middlesex Sheriff's Officers' (Local 500) Association in this arbitration win. The union member was fired when he failed - by four seconds - to complete a physical fitness long-distance run. Peter and the union proved that even though the officer may have technically failed the exam, the Sheriff violated both the CBA and its own policies in the testing and termination process. This arbitration decision is an important example of how good faith in collective bargaining is a two-way street. The officer was reinstated with full back pay and benefits.
Attorney Peter Perroni represented the Middlesex Sheriff's Officers' Union/NEPBA Local 500 in this arbitration victory for its corrections officers. Despite a long standing past practice of denying newer officers the right to participate in the sick time conversation benefit, Attorney Perroni and the NEPBA Local were able to prove that the Sheriff was for years acting without the approval or knowledge of the union. As as a result, the union was able to put an end to a long standing practice, and make sure this important financial benefit is available to its newer members.
Attorney Gary Nolan represented the Shrewsbury Police Patrol Officers/NEPBA in a hard fought victory to secure overtime rights for patrol officers. The case stemmed from a practice of prohibiting patrol officers who worked late nights from accepting daytime overtime shifts. In tackling this case, a very determined Shrewsbury/NEPBA Local challenged head-on a 30-year past practice and was able to win this important financial benefit for its membership.
Attorney Gary Nolan represented the Carver Police Union/NEPBA in this arbitration victory to obtain seniority rights for a group of officers with prior full time police experience. In Carver, officers who transferred laterally from other civil service departments were granted wage seniority dating back to their date of hire with their original department. Meanwhile, the seniority (for pay purposes) of officers with full time experience in non-civil service departments began running with their date of hire in Carver. The union overcame many years of past practice to win this case, and was able to correct this inequity for a group of dedicated police officers.
TEWKSBURY -- Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy B. Sheehan and Wilmington Police Chief Michael Begonis would like to invite the public to a fundraising event for Cops for Kids With Cancer next month. WHEN: Sunday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Wamesit Lanes, 434 Main St., Tewksbury
Please support this great event and visit https://wamesitlanes.com/event/cops-for-kids-with-cancer.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently decided a case impacting, possibly, the confidentiality of union members' communications, emails, etc. Read the attached memo and practical instructions for Union officials and members.
Peter Perroni was front and center this Spring as he spoke to a large crowd of striking IBEW and CWA workers rallying against the corporate greed of Verizon's management. Attorneys Gary Nolan, Meghan Cooper and NEPBA President Marty Conway were also on hand to support the cause.
NP Attorney Gary Nolan recently won a significant arbitration decision on behalf of a longtime NEPBA Local 550 Steward. The grievant is an active NEPBA union leader, and a 22-year veteran of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. He is a decorated Air Force veteran, has no record of discipline, and years of fantastic employment reviews. Last year, after a promotional exam placed him near the top of the list, the member was quickly passed over for promotion. The NEPBA and Local 550, represented by Attorney Nolan, brought the matter to arbitration.
The arbitrator resoundingly rejected the reasons offered up by a host of the Sheriff’s top administrators and high ranking officers, many of whom testified at the hearing. The arbitrator concluded that the claimed reasons, given under oath by management, were neither true, nor were they the real reasons the officer was skipped for promotion. The arbitrator instead concluded that the officer was not promoted because of his union activity. She held that the Worcester County Sheriff discriminated against the officer, and ordered that he be promoted to Sergeant, and be made whole by payment of approximately eighteen months of back pay and other lost earnings.
The decision is attached.
NP Attorney Peter Perroni has recently won an arbitration decision in favor of the NEPBA and a disabled member of its Salem, NH police Local. In this case, Salem attempted to withhold retiree health benefits from an officer who was separated from employment after he had applied for disability retirement because of an on-duty injury. Attorney Perroni successfully argued that the reasons for the termination from employment did not allow the Town to avoid its contractual obligation to pay the employee's health care because he was forced to retire because of an on-the-job injury. As a result of the ruling, the officer and his family will now be entitled to the health benefit worth hundreds of thousands of dollars over the officer's lifetime.
Challenging the City's elimination of a Captain's position within the police command staff, NP Attorney Gary Nolan recently represented the NEPBA and its Local, the City of Everett Superior Officers' Union, in a Division of Labor ULP proceeding. The NEPBA won the case at the hearing level and the City appealed to the full Commonwealth Employee Relations Board. The union was again successful. The Board affirmed the labor law violations committed by the City, and ordered it to restore the status quo, including transferring back to its Captains the command duties of the Detective Division.
Click below to read the full decision of the Board.