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National Labor Relations Act – Enacted in 1935

The board divides bargaining into two categories: Mandatory subjects must be bargained and Permissive subjects are not required to be bargained.

Examples of Mandatory Bargaining Subjects

BMEA Stewards

Labor Relations Commission - Commonwealth of Mass

  • The Act declared the official policy of the United States to be to “encourage the practice and procedure of collective bargaining.”
  • Section 7 defines protected activities such as forming, joining or assisting a union.
  • Section 8 defines unfair labor practices such as interference or coercion by the employer and bargaining rights.
  • Section 9 provides exclusive representation of the bargaining unit provided the union is certified or recognized.
  • The Act sets out general rights and obligations to be enforced by a board.
President: bmeapresident@gmail.com
Vice President: bmeavicepresident@gmail.com
Treasurer: bmeatreasurer@gmail.com

Chief Steward of the DH Unit: bmeadhchiefsteward@gmail.com
Chief Steward: bmeachiefsteward@gmail.com

National Labor Relations Board

Barnstable Municipal Employees Association

David Anthony, Chief
DH/Supervisor Unit
508-862-4652

Patrick Kelliher
DH/Supervisor Unit
508-420-2258

Tom McKeon
DH/Supervisor Unit
508-862-4640

Charlie Lewis, Chief Steward
MEA
508-790-6274

Arden Cadrin
Town Hall
508-862-4683

Jen Engelsen
School Administration Offices
508-862-4657


Marylou Fair

508-862-4016

  • Absence and tardy rules
  • Business ethics policies
  • Disciplinary procedures or penalties
  • Dress codes
  • Employee privileges (right to listen to radio, receive phone calls, smoke, etc.)
  • Evaluation system
  • Grievance procedures
  • Job qualifications
  • Meal breaks
  • Transfer of bargaining unit work to non bargaining unit employees
  • Vacation policies
  • Workloads and rules

BMEA members can send an email to the president of the association for general concerns or to the person in charge of the stewards for steward-related matters. You are always welcome to call an officer or steward using the phone numbers provided in this website.
 

The following information is to provide you with knowledge of your rights and how they came to be under State and Federal Law. These are condensed versions. You may go to the Dept. of Labor and the State Labor Commission through the links on the Home Page for more detailed information. If you have any questions regarding your work environment, please contact a union steward listed on this page.           

In 1958 – All public employees (except police officers) in Massachusetts are granted the right to join unions and to “present proposals” to public employers.

In 1973 – Mass General Law c.150E is enacted, granting full collective bargaining rights to most state and municipal employees.