Appeal of Michael SilversteinAnnotate this Case
Plaintiff Michael Silverstein appealed the decision of the New Hampshire Public Employee Labor Relations Board (PELRB) which declined to exercise jurisdiction over his unfair labor practice complaint against Defendant Andover School Board (School). In May 2010, Plaintiff, a physical education teacher at the Andover Elementary/Middle School, signed an employment contract that reduced him from a full-time (five days per week) employee to a four days per week employee, cut his salary by approximately $7000, and increased his costs for health insurance. Later, pursuant to a three-step grievance process in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) governing his employment, Plaintiff initiated a grievance against his employer arising out of the reduction. The PELRB concluded that it lacked jurisdiction "to interpret the Andover CBA and decide the merits of Mr. Silverstein's complaint during the grievance proceedings and after the grievance proceedings are completed." Subsequently, the PELRB denied Plaintiff's motion for a rehearing. The Supreme Court "explicitly reiterated" that the PELRB has no authority to interpret a CBA or review the merits of a grievance when the CBA to which the parties are subject includes a final and binding grievance process internal to the employer, and affirmed the PELRB's decision.