Town of Athol v. Prof’l Firefighters of Athol, Local 1751, I.A.F.F.Annotate this Case
After the Town of Athol unilaterally increased copayment amounts that members of the Professional Firefighters of Athol, Local 1751, I.A.F.F. (Union) pay for medical services under their health insurance plans, the Union filed a grievance under the parties’ collective bargaining agreement (CBA). An arbitrator determined that the Town violated the CBA by making the changes unilaterally. The Town filed a complaint in the superior court seeking to vacate the award and other relief. The superior court confirmed the portion of the award compelling the parties to collectively bargain over changes to copayment rates and vacated two remedial aspects of the award. The Supreme Judicial Court reversed in part, holding that the superior court judge erred in vacating any portion of the award. Remanded for entry of a judgment confirming the award in its entirety.