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.

MassCOP Supports Police Officers Serving in National Guard after Town of Rockport Refuses to Accept Arbitration Award

You may recall my August 8, 2016 blog post announcing an arbitrator’s award that granted back benefits to two full-time Rockport police officers who also serve in the National Guard. The Town had a practice of paying the officers their full salaries when they went to trainings on Cape Cod for several years when theRead More

Susan Horwitz to Receive Prestigious Labor Attorney Award at the Labor Guild’s Cushing-Gavin Awards Dinner on December 2, 2016

Susan Horwitz, a senior partner at Sandulli Grace, P.C., has been awarded the 2016 Cushing-Gavin Award for Union Attorneys, the highest honor bestowed upon members of the Massachusetts labor-management community. She will receive the award at the Labor Guild’s 50th Anniversary of the Cushing-Gavin Awards Dinner on December 2, 2016 at the Boston Park Plaza.Read More

First Amendment Does Not Protect Employee Who Is “Just Doing His Job”

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reaffirmed that an employee does not have First Amendment protection for statements made as part of his job. New Worcester County Sheriff Louis Evangelidis fired Jude Cristo, who had been the Director of Payroll and Human Resources. Cristo challenged his termination, claiming that he was fired because he complained thatRead More