A Law Firm for Unions and their Members

SINCE 1977, WE HAVE PROUDLY served THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE MASSACHUSETTS LABOR MOVEMENT. WE REPRESENT PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR UNIONS AND EMPLOYEES IN ALL ASPECTS OF EMPLOYMENT.
Lawrence 1912, Meeting on the Common, by Ralph Fasanella, reproduced with permission of the Estate of Ralph Fasanella.

CONTRACT AND INTEREST ARBITRATION

We work with the leadership of your union at all phases of the grievance and arbitration process. Our attorneys have won hundreds of arbitrations, from one day suspensions to terminations, to complex contract interpretations cases and interest arbitrations.

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

We work with your union bargaining team from the beginning – from the formulation of proposals through negotiations to interest arbitration (such as our recent Boston Police award of a 24.5% salary increase).

STRATEGIC ADVICE

At Sandulli Grace, we believe in forming long term relationships with our union clients. The members of the unions we serve are not just clients, they are our friends. We strive to give you the right advice, not just to litigate at any cost.

LITIGATION

We represent unions and employees in state and federal court in all aspects of employment litigation. We have successfully defended arbitration awards to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and have won large award wage disputes in the United States District Court.

UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES

Our attorneys have appeared before and worked for the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations since its creation in the 1970s and have appeared before the National Labor Relations Board since that time. We have successfully represented clients in failure to bargain and anti-union discrimination cases in a myriad of circumstances.

UNION ELECTION LAW

Interested in forming a union? We will help you from day one – guiding you through the process at the DLR or NLRB from hearing to appeal. We are committed to the growth of the labor movement, and to bringing its many benefits to you and your co-workers.

EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION

We represent blue and white collar employees who have been the victims of employment discrimination, whether due to their race, gender, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. We have litigated cases at the MCAD, the EEOC, and the state and federal courts.

NEGOTIATION AND SEVERANCE AGREEMENTS

We assist employees at all rungs of the corporate ladder in negotiating increased severance benefits. Employers routinely “low ball” employees when offering severance, we ensure that your hard work is properly compensated.

REPRESENTING INJURED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

We represent both union and non-union employees to negotiate the morass that is the M.G.L. c. 32 disability retirement process. We represent employees in all phases of the process, from assisting with the physician’s statement through CRAB appeals.

Department Cannot Refuse To Reinstate Officer After Arbitrator Determines Shooting Was Justified

Late last year the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld the reinstatement of a Portland Police Officer, rejecting the city’s attempt to negate an arbitrator’s order under the guise of “public policy.” The case Portland Police Ass’n v. City of Portland arose out of the 2010 shooting death of a man named Aaron Campbell by an Officer Frashour. While respondingRead More

Sandulli Grace And The Massachusetts Coalition Of Police Win Night Shift Differential Pay For The Community Service Officers In The Braintree Police Officers Association

In contract negotiations between the Town of Braintree and the Braintree Police Officers Association, MCOP Local 365, the Town proposed the new position of Community Service Officer (CSO).  The Town proposed the CSO as a specialty position that could be filled without regard to seniority, an exception to the usual practice. The Town also proposedRead More

Affordable Care Act’s Cadillac Tax on High Cost Health Plans has been Delayed Two Years

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) (a/k/a “Obama Care”) contains a provision that would impose a 40% non-deductible tax on higher cost health plans. The tax was scheduled to go into effect in 2018 on plans whose total annual cost exceeds