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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, Represents Dedham School Committee in Labor Dispute

Kevin Bresnahan, a partner with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, represented the Dedham School Committee in its recently-concluded collective bargaining with its teachers’ union. After nearly two years of negotiations, the union scheduled a strike vote last week. Attorney Bresnahan filed a petition with the Department of Labor Relations on behalf of the School Committee, and obtained an order to prevent the illegal strike. When the union went forward with the strike vote, a judge in the Norfolk Superior Court issued an injunction ordering the union to end the strike. A contract settlement was reached Sunday afternoon after a weekend of intense bargaining, bringing an end to the strike after one day. Kevin serves as President-Elect of the Massachusetts Council of School Attorneys, and represents numerous school committees throughout Massachusetts, providing representation in labor and employment matters, and general school law advice.

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, is known throughout New England for its labor and employment practice. In addition the firm has an extensive education law practice representing more than one hundred and fifty schools throughout New England.

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Massachusetts Legislature Passes Post-Janus Bill Over Governor’s Veto

On September 19th, the Massachusetts Legislature overwhelmingly overrode Governor Charlie Baker’s veto of a union-friendly law. The bill was passed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Janus v. AFSCME which relieved bargaining unit employees who were not members of the union of the obligation to pay dues to public sector unions. The Massachusetts bill allows unions to charge non-members certain fees, relieves unions of some of their obligations to those non-union employees, and expands unions’ access to public employees.

 

 

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